Rating: PG for mild adult situations
Run Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
A magical flight of fancy that would benefit from a shade of dusk, Neverland is nevertheless a plum holiday treat.
Johnny Depp can do no wrong so it’s no surprise that his introspective turn as Scottish “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie is the cornerstone of this lush (and loosely-based) biography.
is struggling to find his creative footing in Edwardian-era English theater
when he unexpectedly encounters vivacious Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet)
lurks around every corner, from snide public gossip to the incessant pleas of
Happiness is the culprit here, a bit too much of
it where reality should grab a stronger foothold. Imaginative mischief and theatrical sport are
gorgeously photographed and literally breathtaking. But
Depp are celluloid soul-mates; their connection looks and feels genuine. Ditto
Depp’s bond with the lads, in particular Sylvia’s son Peter (Freddie Highmore)
on whom his character of Pan is based. Depp’s subtle performance underscores
The poignant pathos of painful childhoods makes its mark. Impeccable production and a lovely swelling score will make a believer of the most cynical viewer. Exit stage right before closing credits so as not to let the schmaltzy stylings of songster Elton John mar the warm fuzziness generated by the film’s touching climax.