1903 London. Renowned playwright J.M. Barrie (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author George L. Du Maurier) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is ...Written by
Although Sylvia's mother is named as "Mrs. Du Maurier", the film makes nothing of the fact that Sylvia's father, who goes unmentioned, was the famous Victorian novelist George Du Maurier, author of "Trilby" and "Peter Ibbetson". This is curious, as the latter novel was greatly admired by J.M. Barrie, and his dog, Porthos, who features prominently in this film, was named, not after the character in "The Three Musketeers", but after Peter Ibbetson's dog in the novel. The real Barrie was very much aware of the theatrical and literary connections of the Llewellyn Davies family, which are not alluded to in the film. See more »
When the play of "Peter Pan" is being staged, the actor playing Smee watches the actor playing "Nana", and later converses with them to say that they gave a good performance. However in reality the roles of Smee and Nana are doubled by the same member of the cast (just a Hook and Mr Darling get played by the same actor), so the conversation wouldn't take place. See more »
Finding Neverland is one of the best films I have seen all year. Depp and Winslet are superb and their supporting cast is very strong in particular Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and Freddie Highmore. Forster's direction is tight and he maintains a story which had the potential to drag. Depp delivers a performance that is truly believable and he interacts with his co-stars well, in particular, Freddie Highmore who delivers a performance that outshines Depp's. It is a tour de force of acting talent. Clearly Highmore has a great career ahead of him. 9/10 for a superb piece of film-making, made diligently but, unfortunately, up against such strong contention, it had to make do with a disappointing award haul.
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