Finding Neverland (2004)

Rothe Blog Finding NeverlandFour Stars

I pretty much knew this was going to be a good one.

Starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslett, this is based on the true story of James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.

The story revolves around Depp (Barrie) who is a struggling playwright when one day, he meets the Davies brothers and their mother Slyvia, whose father has passed away. Depp quickly finds himself in a fatherly role to the boys and the deeper he gets, he learns that Slyvia is dying. Their story inspires him to write about a place where people never die, little boys never grow up, and there are no worries.

I like most things English, especially little children, but the little boy who played Peter in this movie was captivating. Peter’s father had passed on and now his mother was dying. He was the only boy who refused to hide or glaze over the truth. He always wanted to be told the truth, and didn’t believe in imagination or make believe. He has a great fear of abandonment and a confusion of why grown ups lie about the truth. Depp really touches his life, although never seems to really heal him.

A touching movie, and an amazing story, I would recommend this movie to anyone. I will warn you it starts out a bit slow, but by the end of the movie, the warmth and color of this movie really comes out.

But to see John grab an ex-stuntman by the crotch and throw him down a flight of stairs is pretty humorous.

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