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Finding One's Self in Neverland [Jan. 27th, 2005|03:28 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Originally debuting across the pond, (England for those of you in Huntsville) Finding Neverland may be Johnny Depp's best performance yet. While this movie does not contain many (read any; for if they exist, the are subtle at best) Deppisms. Rather, it is a powerful portrayal of John Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. Depp's performance could be compared to John Wayne's: both actors so in character that they didn't seem to be acting at all. Thusly, if you are seeking another one of Johnny's over-the-top performances, you won't find it here without some digging.

On balance, Titanic's famed Kate Winslet is a powerhouse actress in this story--so much so, that by the end of the movie, there will not be a dry eye in the house. She is still just as young and beautiful in this film, and perhaps a bit more mature—in short, she is still an idol and iconic young woman. These traits may be what brings the audience to tears: no one wants to see her suffer.

The onscreen magic between Depp and Winslet is phenomenal. She very convincingly pulls off a caring, loving mother who has been at the height of society, but who has, having been dealt a bad lot in life, is now banished to a lesser luxury as a single mother of four boys. And how appropriate too for Kate who has claimed that, "After Titanic it would have been completely foolish for me to go and try and top that." In playing the role of the sublime dreamer Mr. Barrie, Depp certainly has the ability—if only because of the range of characters he has played (and for that matter one that he is slated to play i.e. Willy Wonka) to make the absurd imaginations of children a reality. So perhaps there are Deppisms in this film after all, albeit well hidden. Combine these two very talented people with such dynamic characters in a frame of film together and what could possibly be the result other than magic?

For those movie trivia fans out there, it may be of interest to state here that there were three actors from Pirates of the Caribbean in this film: Johnny of course; Angus Barnett, the chubby solider; and Mackenzie Crook, the pirate with the removable wooden eye. Also of special note is that Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's (Peter) performance that he asked Tim Burton to cast him as Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

If you've ever had the Toys R Us syndrome (not wanting to grow up), then this movie will give you the means to be a kid again. In a time where the current underlying theme in movie making is perceived truth versus reality, it is only appropriate to recall the words of John Milton's Paradise Lost: "The mind can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell." Certainly life is what one makes it. Mr. Berrie showed the world that life is for living and enjoying. Indeed, how many have been warmed by the now timeless classic Peter Pan?
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 05:14 am (UTC)

Finding Neverland

I am beginning to realize that part of what makes a post good, is if in your writing about it, you cause me to want to watch it. To see if I have the same or a similar reaction to it. Was yet another well written post. ;-)

As you already know I enjoy Depp's acting abilities. Besides the fact that he is quite... good looking. *laugh* However I judge a man not by how he looks but how he acts when it comes to the movies I am "judging".

I liked MacKenzie Crook. ;-) He did a good job in Pirates. Put a bit of humor into the movie at just the right places. Though I must admit that without the other one his antics would not have been near as funny.

Does he have another actor that he plays off of in this movie also? Or is he being more serious/doing his comic relief on his own this time?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 05:28 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

I think I only saw Finding Neverland twice and that was right when it came out. I don't quite remember MacKenzie's role in Neverland nor do I know a lot about him as an actor.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 05:34 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

Neither do I. But I know that when I have seen him, he has acted as an almost "comic relief". In Pirates it was perfect. It lightened the mood just enough to keep the watchers both interested and "happy". Not feeling over whelmed with all of the more serious things going on around him.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 05:38 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

There wasn't a serious moment in any of the Pirates movies.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 05:51 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

Yeah there were. :-)

When she walks out on the deck and is greeted by all of the apparitions that is pretty serious.

Or when Jack and Barbosa are battling in the moonlight... thats pretty serious.

I don't wanna argue, but the point is there were serious moments.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 05:56 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

Serious to the movie? Yes. Serious as far as film is concerned? no.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 06:01 am (UTC)

Re: Finding Neverland

Alright, I'll agree there weren't that many (if any) areas that were serious as far as film making is concerned. However thats not really what I was referring to...
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