Finding Neverland
Review written on: August 19th, 2005

Finding Neverland Review

I was never much of a Peter Pan fan growing up. There was no beautiful princess and no brave and handsome prince like in the rest of the Disney movies. I never read J.M. Barie’s book since I was more of a Stephen King fan (I was an ambitious reader at 11-years-old).When I saw that Johnny Depp was going to play the writer of Peter Pan, I was a little disappointed. I really enjoy Johnny Depp because he is such a versatile and talented actor. Though I knew he would bring his usual spark and life to the character, I doubted the story would be as entertaining as some of his previous films.

I was pleasantly surprised, however. The story didn’t revolve so much around the story of Peter Pan, but the story of how a writer goes about writing. It’s a fascinating idea, to think of what it was that inspired one of the classic fairy tales in history. Johnny Depp is incredible, as usual. The little boy playing Peter Llewelyn Davies (Freddie Highmore) was both adorable and talented – probably why he landed the title role in Depp’s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I hadn’t expected to like this movie as much as I did, but there was just something magical about it. Maybe it was Johnny Depp’s character trying to make the kids believe in magic or maybe it was just a really well-written and well-made film. Either way, it’s definitely a must-see. Move it to the top of your Netflix list asap.


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