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Finding Neverland: Review

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Finding Nerveland was directed by Marc Forster and released in 2004. It's a drama about the life of the author sir James Matthew Barrie (Johnny Depp) and the genesis of his main character Peter Pan. The events take place in the early 1900s. The author last play was a huge disaster and yet he can find neither inspiration nor imagination for another one. But thanks to his meeting with the Lllewelyn Davies family this is going to change. Spending more and more time with Mrs. Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet), a widow and her four children, he finds the words for his new play Peter Pan but at the same time he slowly comes off his wife. The movie highlights the importance of the Llewelyn Davies family being a source of inspiration for the author.

The drama is lessened by the scenes of the children's games coming directly from the imagination of Mr. Barrie but is always put forward by the hardness and strictness of the grand-mother Mrs. Du Maurier (Julie Christie) and the breast cough of Mrs. Llewelyn Davies. The emotional music also empowers the drama (Jan A. P. Kaczmarek won the Oscar of the best film music). In regards of the special effects (and sound effects), they are few and only used to illustrate the author imagination. As for the acting, the four children are extremely good. Johnny Depp goes with ease from serious to humoristic or childish and Kate Winslet reflects the pain of the cancer (breast cough) Sylvia is going through. There is no problem understanding the actors, even the children, for their accent are from pure English to slightly Scottish.