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Finding Neverland [DVD]


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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Nick Roud, Radha Mitchell
  • Directors: Marc Forster
  • Producers: Nellie Bellflower, Richard N. Gladstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UGAMEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,907 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Inspired by the life of James Matthew Barrie, author of the children's classic Peter Pan, this semi-biographical period drama stars Johnny Depp as the turn-of-the-century playwright and novelist. Set in London in 1904, the film follows Barrie's creative struggle to bring Peter Pan to the stage, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play's premiere at the Duke of York Theatre: a night that would change not only Barrie's own life, but the lives of everyone close to him. Meanwhile, he plays a continuing role in the lives of the four children who inspired the story. Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie co-star.

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Sweetness that doesn't turn saccharine is hard to find these days; Finding Neverland hits the mark. Much credit is due to the actors: Johnny Depp applies his genius for sly whimsy in his portrayal of playwright J. M. Barrie, who finds inspiration for his greatest creation from four lively boys, the sons of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet, who miraculously fuses romantic yearning with common sense). Though the friendship threatens his already dwindling marriage, Barrie spends endless hours with the boys, pretending to be pirates or Indians--and gradually the elements of Peter Pan take shape in his mind. The relationship between Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family sparks both an imagined world and a quiet rebellion against the stuffy forces of respectability, given physical form by Barrie's resentful wife (Radha Mitchell, High Art) and Sylvia's mother (Julie Christie, McCabe and Mrs. Miller). This gentle silliness could have turned to treacle, but Depp and Winslet--along with newcomer Freddie Highmore as one of the boys--keep their feet on the earth while their eyes gaze into their dreams. Also featuring a comically crusty turn from Dustin Hoffman (who appeared in another Peter Pan-themed movie, Hook) as a long-suffering theatre producer. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By nimone on 5 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Finding Neverland is one of those rare films that succeed in everything they attempt. It tells the story of JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, who was in equal measures brilliant and exceptionally difficult to live with. He had unusual writing habits and a powerful imagination, which often caused a blur between fantasy and reality in his life. This blend of the real and the imaginary is a successful staple for the film, much of which jumps back and forth between the two, a delightful product of the talents of Marc Forster, the director.

Played with grace and aplomb by the inestimable Johnny Depp - who presently seems to have the Midas Touch - Barrie is at a downturn in his writing career at the start of the film. He has just written a play that has been panned by the critics, so he seeks inspiration for a new project. He meets by chance the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet) and her four young sons, instantly forming the friendship that becomes the muse for his masterpiece. However, while Barrie is off playing `the-boy-who-never-grew-up' with his new friends, his marriage to upwardly-mobile Mary (Radha Mitchell) declines badly. The performances given by Depp and Mitchell of the fragile couple are exquisite, but also bring the feeling that the marriage has been cold for a long time, and that they would have struggled, Peter Pan or no.

While Barrie's intentions for the Davies family are only good, his involvement causes a stir amongst society, and it is here that the film is extremely strong.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 8 Mar 2005
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"Finding Neverland" is a deeply moving, poetic film, based on the life of Scottish playwright and novelist James Matthew Barrie, and adapted from Allan Knee's play "The Man Who Was Peter Pan." It is a fictional account of how Barrie came to write "Peter Pan," which has long been a beloved children's classic symbolizing everlasting youth.
Johnny Depp gives an unusually understated, sensitive performance as J. M. Barrie, who is facing a crisis in life. His latest play is not receiving accolades, and his marriage has grown cold and sterile. He meets Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, (Kate Winslet), a widowed mother of four sons, and immediately hits it off with her boys - played by Joe Prospero, Nicholas Roud, Luke Spill, and the extremely gifted Freddie Highmore as Peter. Although he is friendly with Sylvia, it is with the children that he is able to take-off on glorious flights of imagination. And the five of them soar. Their back-yard games transform into fantasy imagery. They're flying!! The results are remarkable scenes played out as adventures, veritable fetes of daring. He and the boys act as pirates sailing the Spanish Main, cowboys and "red Indians" riding the plains of the old West.
In reality, however, this is Edwardian England, not the Wild West, and Barrie's friend Arthur Conan Doyle, (Ian Hart), warns him of vicious gossip about his "unseemly" interest in the family. Barrie responds with disgust. As he becomes increasingly involved with the boys, tension escalates between him and his upper-class wife, Mary, (Radha Mitchell). Sylvia's mother, Emma (Julie Christie), also lifts a questioning brow, wondering why on earth a grown man would spend so much time with children, and someone else's to boot!
Barrie's deep feelings for Sylvia and her boys are genuine.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. V. L. Buliciri on 8 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
What an enchanting film! I felt like a child again when I saw this film and with all the hope and joy of what life has to offer. Johnny Depp was superb as J.M. Barrie the writer and creator of Peter Pan and Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore were good as the mother and son he befriends who inspire him to write his greatest creation Peter Pan. The imagery was vivid and stunning and the depiction of J.M. Barrie's relationship with his 'adopted sons,' was touching and moving. Sometimes all we need to do in life at times is let our hearts feel young and never grow old and cynical just like Peter Pan. This is a good film which young and old alike will enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Brooks on 8 April 2005
Format: DVD
I bought this movie, knowing very little about it. I knew it was about J M Barrie and I knew it had Depp and Winslet. Depp and Winslet seemed enough reason to buy it alone, along with all the hype. I was blown away!
After it arrived, I wasn't so sure if I should have bought such an impulse, but after ten minutes I was lost to the world!
I don't think it matters at all if you were a Peter Pan fan, I certainly wasn't. This movie spoke to me as it would to everyone, it's about escapism, about Neverland. It's about one man's struggle to be inspired, and he finds it, and this in itself, to me, is inspirational and is what made the movie beautiful.
The whole movie is a masterpiece, don't let anyone tell you any different. If they didn't like it, they had their reasons. I should imagine it's not to everyone's tastes. This is one you have to judge for yourself.
Enjoy and be astounded.
With regards to the DVD, the special features are actually quite good and it's worth the however much extra for them (if you're a fan of the movie).
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