Year of Release: 2004
Director: Marc Forster
Approx. Running Time: 101 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Two Thumbs Up!"
-Ebert & Roeper
Award winners Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie (Troy, Hamlet) star in this magical tale about one of the world's greatest storytellers and the people who inspired his masterwork, Peter Pan! Well-known playwright James M. Barrie (Depp) finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters question his future. Then by chance he meets a widow (Winslet) and her four adventurous boys.
Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie's greatest work! An enchanting big-screen treat with an acclaimed cast of stars Finding Neverland has been hailed as one of the year's best motion pictures!
While undeniably a good movie, I couldn't justify giving it a rating higher than 3, as that would put it in the same league as films such as Casualties Of War, L.A. Confidential and Dances With Wolves.
Still, this is a fun and entertaining look into the life and imagination of J.M. Barrie, creator of the classic children's tale Peter Pan.
Rated PG (MPAA)