Monday, 21 July 2008

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julie Christie

An amazing journey into the mind behind the character who created Peter Pan; J.M Barry done through a combination of beautiful cinematography, creative direction and brilliant acting.

A period piece set in the early 20th Century at the height of the naturalistic theatrical movement and the rally to stop the censorship of theatre. This social context constantly shows the clash between how the 'upper-class' British society was expected to behave and what they were expected to enjoy and what people suppressed because of this; questioning children's place in society and an enjoyment of the simple, amusing, fantastical and absurd things in life.

Johnny Depp brings J.M Barry to life through his quirks and eccentricities creating a very likable character, who, whilst carrying a childish glee and naivety shows profound wisdom into the definition between childhood and adulthood. Kudos to the children in 'Finding Neverland'especially Freddie Highmore, who gives a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance.
Marc Forster allows the viewer to slip between J.M Barry's imaginings and other's reality with a fluidity which gives the film a magical quality.

An extraordinarily moving film which will make you laugh then cry and laugh and cry together at it's beauty, poignancy and truthfulness. It asks us to visit that place within ourselves that longs for magic to exist and shows us that it can be found by embracing our imagination and remembering the beauty of childhood.

Rating: Fantastic
18 years


Frank said...

Oh Man!
Cool Place!

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