Sunday, March 20, 2005

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland / Finding Neverland. GB / US (c) 2004 Miramax. P: Nellie Bealflower, Neal Israel. D: Marc Forster. SC: David Magee - based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. DP: Roberto Schaefer. PD: Gamma Jackson. Starring Johnny Depp (J.M. Barrie), Kate Winslet (Sylvia Llewellyn Davies), Julie Christie (Mrs. Emma du Maurier), Radha Mitchell (Mary Ansell Barrie), Dustin Hoffman (Charles Frohman). Filmed at Shepperton Studios; Richmond, Surrey; and in London. 106 min. Released by FS Film, Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Arto Vartiainen / Markus Karjalainen. Viewed at Kinopalatsi 3, Helsinki, 19 March 2005. I loved Monster's Ball by Marc Forster and Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are favourite actors of mine now joining forces in a Miramax prestige production, a British heritage film with a story with affinities with Shadowlands. It's the true story of James Barrie (1860-1937) and the five boys he adopted after they lost their parents and who were the inspiration for Peter Pan. The wonderful Kate Winslet plays the mother in whom James finds his soulmate too late. Nice portrait by Dustin Hoffman as Charles Frohman (1860-1915), one of the famous trio of theatrical Frohman producer brothers. Julie Christie gets to play the witch of the story. A quality film, but with talent like this, the film could be even better. ***

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