Following up his critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, director Marc Forster took on this biography of playwright James Matthew Barrie, the scribe who penned the children's classic Peter Pan. Johnny Depp stars as the turn-of-the-century writer as the film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story in the first place. J.M. Barrie's Neverland also stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, and Julie Christie. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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"Finding Neverland", which is both a serious tale and pure romance, is every bit as superb a piece of theater as is "Peter Pan" -- I cried as many tears in its viewing as for the original play and film which inspired it. No doubt, J.M. Barrie himself would have been well pleased with this production and the casting of Johnny Depp in his place. What a sensitive actor is he, an absolute heartthrob and quintessentially perfect in this role, as is Freddie Highmore as young Peter. "Finding Neverland" left me awestruck at its sheer wonder and magic. The musical score, too, is magnificent. Simply a brilliant work of art.
I thought this was a wonderful movie. Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp are both terrific. The rest of the cast is very good too. This story could have been a depressing melodrama, but instead was an ode to imagination and the joy of living. There were a few tear jerking moments, but mostly if was a journey into the mind of a creative writer at work.
This was an unexpected gem which makes it all the better. I very much enjoyed Depp's portrayal, despite his inconsistent Scottish accent. Freddie Highmore was brilliant as young Peter. I was moved to tears at the end of the movie; not out of sadness, rather in appreciation of the depth of the human heart.