Finding Neverland a Beautiful Tale of Imagination and Love-100 Word Review

Forster’s adaption of Knee’s biographical play sensitively describes the whimsical J.M. Barrie, and the family that inspired Peter Pan.

A poignant and sentimental story about the power of the imagination brought to life with tender performances, graceful directing and a wistful score.

Depp was radiant as Barrie, Winslet charmed as his companion, and the children elated as the playful, energetic boys forced to grow up. Highmore particular impressed with a mature vulnerability that enchanted the screen.

A delightful film that delivers a moving background to a beloved children’s story, Finding Neverland will bring joy to the child in us all.

4 stars

Jo Bradley.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a very good movie. I like most of Johnny Depp’s movies.

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    1. JoBradley says:

      Yes. I think he’s best in Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is one of the first films I’ve seen where he’s played a normal-ish character. What are your favourites?

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      1. I love Pirates of the Caribbean films, those are probably my favorites. I like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Sleepy Hollow a lot too.

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      2. JoBradley says:

        I was unimpressed by What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, but I blame the plot, not the actors- Leo was very good. For that genre, though, Black Balloon is much better.

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      3. It was mostly Leo’s performance that had my attention, and I liked the interaction between him and Johnny. I do agree the plot itself could have been better.

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      4. JoBradley says:

        Agreed. I do heartily recommend you check out Black Balloon though. It’s an Australian film about two brothers, one of which is Austistic ( and played very convincingly). The other does a much better job than Johnny Depp and it has more of a plot.

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  2. Lloyd Marken says:

    I’ve never properly watched Finding Neverland, maybe this review will finally get me to. 🙂 I’m a big fan of Depp and Winslet. There are so many great performances in a wide variety of work but I’ve got to say if I have a favourite Johnny Depp movie, and Tim Burton movie for that matter, it may just be Ed Wood.

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    1. JoBradley says:

      It starts out quite slow so it took a while to get into it, but once you’re emotionally invested it’s a charming film. I’ve never heard of that film! I’ll out it on my Movie Hit list https://scribblesofstageandscreen.com/movie-hitlist/

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      1. Lloyd Marken says:

        Thelma and Louise is my favourite movie.

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  3. JoBradley says:

    I’ve been meaning to watch that also! I researched it when writing my incoming review of ‘Last Cab to Darwin’.

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  4. Esther says:

    Yes, love this one too and it always always makes me cry…

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    1. JoBradley says:

      Definitely, at the end though- Freddie Highmore was SO good.

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  5. Bryan Caron says:

    Yeah. Who knew the kid would grow up to become such a terrific Norman Bates!

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    1. JoBradley says:

      I have heard of this series- do you recommend it? The trailers look very creepy…

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      1. Bryan Caron says:

        It is really creepy, in several different ways. The first season can be slightly touch and go at times, but the rest is an effective slow-burn thriller.

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