Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

Marc Forster (2004)

96min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Fantasy and reality combine to magical effect in this deeply affecting drama from Monster's Ball director Marc Forster. Adapted from a stage play by Allan Knee - and taking a few liberties with events - it's a beautifully crafted account of the creation and evolution of the children's classic Peter Pan. A perfectly cast Johnny Depp portrays the young-at-heart Scottish playwright JM Barrie, whose career is reinvigorated when he befriends the four fatherless Llewelyn Davies boys and their recently widowed mother, Sylvia (Kate Winslet). Depp is magnificent, alternating between playful and sensitive as the joys and tragedies of this inspirational relationship unfold. It's a performance of genuine emotion, superbly complemented by Winslet's tender turn. But the movie's real soul comes from the youngsters, particularly Freddie Highmore as the serious-minded Peter. Forster matches his actors' talent with imaginative visuals, giving even mundane events an enchanting sense of wonder.

Summary

Fact-based period drama based on the life of Peter Pan author JM Barrie. As a young-at-heart playwright, Barrie is uncomfortable with life in the critical spotlight. However, his friendship with four boys and their free-spirited widowed mother brings him the inspiration for his greatest work. Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie, Freddie Highmore and Kelly Macdonald.

Cast & Crew

Sir James Matthew Barrie Johnny Depp
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies Kate Winslet
Peter Llewelyn Davies Freddie Highmore
Charles Frohman Dustin Hoffman
Mrs Emma du Maurier Julie Christie
Jack Llewelyn Davies Joe Prospero
George Llewelyn Davies Nick Roud
Michael Llewelyn Davies Luke Spill
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Ian Hart
Peter Pan Kelly Macdonald
Director Marc Forster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Sexual references.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Oct 2004
Drama