26 May 2014

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland 2004
  • Director: Mark Forster
  • Based on play by Allan Knee
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman,  Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Kate Winslet – Hamlet, Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Reader, Little Children, Hideous Kinky, Sense and Sensibility, Romance and Cigarettes, The Holiday
    • Julie Christie – Doctor Zhivago, Darling, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Go Between, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Prisoner of Azkaban, Fahrenheit 451, Heaven Can Wait, Petulia, Don’t Look Now, Heat and Dust, Afterglow, Hamlet
    • Dustin Hoffman   Last Chance Harvey, Stranger than Fiction, Moonlight Mile, Hero, Hook, Billy Bathgate, Dick Tracy, Rainman, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer, Lenny Bruce, Straw Dogs, Little Big Man, John and Mary, Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate
    • Freddie Highmore - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • Ian Hart – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Born Romantic, Liam, Longitude, The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins,
    • Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, No Country for Old Men, Nanny NcPhee, Tristram Shandy, The Girl in the Café, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Gosford Park, My Life So Far, Elizabeth, Train Spotting
  • Why? JD. 28th in JD marathon
  • Seen:  Once before. Now: May 24, 2014
 As far from a psychopathic murderer as can be imagined (though he’s a writer in this one too, just like the JD film previously reviewed here) here JD is James M. Barrie, the sweet and mild creator of Peter Pan.
Estranged from his wife, and with his latest play a resounding failure, James Barrie befriends a neighbouring family – a widow with four young sons. Pressured by his agent to write a new play, Barrie is inspired by the boys and the mad idea of Peter Pan takes root.  Amidst malignant rumours of illicit relationships with both mother and children, Barrie perseveres with both friendship and play.
We know what they didn’t. The world fell in love with Peter Pan. So that much is a happy ending. The rest isn’t.
It’s a very sad film really but it’s fun to watch Peter Pan grow into a theatrical play against all odds. It’s not exactly fun to see Julie Christie play a disagreeable tyrant but very moving, and as always, impressive.  Kate Winslet is very good as always and JD does one of his best roles ever. To quote Hal: “In this role he’s not being Johnny Depp.” He was nominated for an Oscar and he should have gotten it but Jamie Foxx in Ray got it (and was worth it too).
By the end of the film I’m sniffling pathetically and can hardly see the TV.

4 * of 5

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