Saturday, June 18, 2005

Finding Neverland (2004)

Yeah, it's fluff but as fluff goes it's pretty decent...

Genre: Drama Romance (USA, UK)

Starring: Johnny Depp (Corpse Bride; Dead Man), Kate Winslet (Heavenly Creatures; Titanic)

Directed By: Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction; Monster's Ball)

Overview: J.M. Barrie wrote the tale of Peter Pan. This is the story of the children who were his inspiration.

Acting: The acting by Winslet, Depp and Hoffman are as excellent expected, but I was quite impressed with the portrayals of the children. They were good little actors, and it seemed to me that a lot of time went into making this just right. The boy Peter, was a tremendously good pick.
Rating: 8

Cinematography: The images were great. This late 1800s period piece with the outfits and the mansions and the plays themselves made for an impressive visual spectacle. Well done.
Rating: 8

Script: The writing for this seemed well rooted in the era, and the dramatic dialogue was very entertaining. Again, the most impressive speeches come from the children themselves. Some pretty moving scenes indeed.
Rating: 8

Plot: The story unfolds in a fairly predictable way, but it's nice to get a look into the life of a man who wrote such a popular tale. The story itself can be equally enjoyed by older children, but it doesn't hold back any punches. A healthy dose of reality is thrown in to this wonder of imagination.
Rating: 8

Mood: The way the imaginary world blends in with the actual, the look of London back in the day, the costumes and the attitudes... The mood is well set in this film, and you shouldn't have any problem letting yourself be immersed in this world.
Rating: 8

... ick, this level of purity would turn even pedofiles right off...

Overall Rating: 80% (You'll Find That This is a Great Movie)

Aftertaste: This was exactly as I expected it. Real good movie with solid everything. It's nice to see a little feel good movie like this on an early weekend afternoon. Good stuff.