I saw Finding Neverland last month, just as I was restarting my blog. But I had other articles I wanted to do first, so I just got around to doing it now. As you probably all know, a lot of countries had a lockdown in place due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Well, so did mine, because, at least right now, I live in France. I kind of took it as an opportunity to restart my blog, reading more, and watch movies. All the things I wanted to do but never really had the time for.
Finding Neverland was one of the movies that were the longest on my list. So I wanted to watch it first when I decided to start to clear out my movie list. It’s the story of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Neverland.
London, at the beginning of the 20th century. Writer James M. Barrie is looking for new inspiration in his life and work: his marriage to Mary Ansell has reached an impasse, and London audiences are pining for his latest play.
It was while walking in Kensington Gardens that he met Mrs. Llewelyn Davies and her four young sons. Immediate complicity develops between the writer and the children, under the delighted eye of their mother, a distraught young widow who finds in him a true friend. As his intimacy with the Llewelyn Davies family grows stronger every day, James regains his childlike soul with those who are now his most precious source of inspiration. He weaves with them the fantastic, visionary, and subtly melancholy weave of Peter Pan.
Or, if you prefer, you can see the trailer here.
As I said before, I took the lockdown in France as an opportunity to see the movies I’ve always wanted to see. I’m on this website called Trakt, where I make lists of the movies and TV shows I want to see. And Finding Neverland has been on that list for the past four years. It made me realize that I always end up watching movies I always watched in the theater. And since theaters are closed now, at least until Monday, I had no choice but to watch movies at home.
I have to say, at first, I didn’t really manage to immerse myself in the movie. I don’t know if it’s because of the way the movie starts, Johnny Depp’s forced British accent or the story itself. But once the kids, and especially Peter, appeared on the screen, I was really into it. I even cried at the end. I won’t say why for that you’ll have to watch the movie.
The thing that really jumped at me in this movie is how Freddie Highmore, the then kid, who plays Peter, is a fantastic actor. And great child actors are rare enough to notice them. I also finally learned the origin of the meme with Johnny Depp sitting on a bench.
Should you watch it?
Apart from the origin of the meme and Freddie Highmore’s great talent, I didn’t really get anything from the movie. Even now, only two months after watching it, I can’t remember most of the story. The film was still really entertaining, but it wasn’t that remarkable, at least not enough to stand out from all the other biopics I’ve watched.
I would still recommend this movie to someone who wants to spend a few hours having fun. I was entertained while watching it. Finding Neverland is also filled with great actors that are always worth watching. So you should give it a shot!