Quick Movie Recommendation

Having two young children, I don’t see many first-run films. Having quasi-killed my TV, I don’t see them on cable either. And now my neighborhood indie rental store is closing down, so we’ve been playing catch-up while the store has great deals.

Finding Neverland came out in 2004, around the time my daughter was 5-months-old.

It is the story behind Sir J.M. Barrie’s writing of the 1904 stage play Peter Pan: or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Seven years later he turned it into the novel Peter and Wendy.

In short, Barrie befriended a widower and her four children and the kids became the inspiration for Peter Pan and Never Land.

Some screen drama is stirred up in the condensing of real events and bending of facts to create a faux scandal around a married man who spends far too much time with a widower and her children.

(Reality: Barrie was a family friend for 10 years before the other man’s death and Barrie separated from his wife because of her infidelity, not his. The surviving siblings are on record having nothing but praise for their ‘uncle.’)

In any case, the real draw of the film for me was scenes such as the one embedded below, exploring childhood whimsy and one boy’s (Peter’s) need to learn to embrace his imagination… and indirectly, laying a groundwork for how fathers should embrace childhood. Some of these scenes reminded me of Big Fish, another excellent film.

It’s just a dog:

Pirate scene playing with the family:

And hey, it has Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and not a single gratuitous sex scene in the whole thing. What were they thinking?

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2 Responses to “Quick Movie Recommendation”

  1. Ticia says:

    I don’t know what they were thinking, but it was quite a fun show. It’s one of the ones we own, but then I’m a huge Peter Pan fan. Also try the live action one that came out a few years ago.

    July 28th, 2009 at 6:00 am

  2. adrienne says:

    This is a really fine movie for exactly the reasons you cite. We also like Big Fish.

    :)

    July 28th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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