Finding Neverland is a wonderful reflection of how writer J. M. Barrie, found his inspiration for the classic Peter Pan. In the early 1920’s playwright James Matthew Barrie (Johnny Depp) found himself down on his luck after several flops at the theater. One day while sitting in the park, Barrie meets a lady named Sylvia (Kate Winslet) and her four young boys. (No, this is not the unauthorized biography of Michael Jackson’s life at his home in Neverland.) Because of the recent death of his father, one of the boys named Peter is angry and resents Barrie while the other three boys are more accepting and enjoy his escapades of Peter Pan and Neverland. Eventually, Barrie convinces his producer Charles Frohman (Dustin Hoffman) to fund the play even though it looks as though it was made for kids instead of adults. Women bring your tissues because there is a heartbreaking surprise at the end. This film is superbly written and expertly directed with just the right touch of drama, tragedy and humor. Depp gives an outstanding performance and the four young boys make the movie even more special. The children and adults also think Tinkerbell is special even though she is unseen by everyone. (Yes unseen so I didn’t feel left out this time.) This film is magical, enchanting and charming and I’m hoping it will be nominated for an Oscar. I’m giving it an A rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.