Monday, December 20, 2004

Just a bit of silliness, really.
With that bit of irony, the truth behind the story of Peter Pan is shown to be a whole lot of seriousiness. I am not one given to movie reviews on the blog, however I must stand up and take note when a wonderful cinematic experience presents itself for wonderful discovery. I will not give away plot however, except vaguely. Neverland is quite simply a must see for anyone who enjoys the story of Peter Pan and for those who are sick of the lame comedies, doofus dad, action thriller, caper flick of the week fare which Hollywood seems content on sending to the Pavlovian masses.
The movie details the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children's classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don't want to grow up. Barrie is played brillantly by everyone's favorite drunken pirate, the wonderful Johnny Depp in a role that I feel is well deserving of a Best Actor Oscar nomination. His female opposite, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, is played by our favorite suicidal cruiseline passenger, Kate Winslet (who despite having had a kid or two since the ship went down, still reminds me of classic beauty and screen presence). I have not seen many of her films lately, but she puts in an excellent bit of work to bring her character to life. Based on the films I have seen so far this year, the talented Ms. Winslet could also be looking at date with the golden, anatomically incorrect statue.
Inserted throughout the film were little golden nuggets of sage wisdom if you pay attention. One of my favorites which I found to be particularly enjoyable was Barrie's remark "Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older." How very true, I have yet to find a way around this fact myself. Some days I wish I could.
For this Pan man fan's, one will notice that a former Captain Hook takes a turn in a role as the theatre manager/financial backer for Barrie's plays. From Hook, comes Dustin Hoffman in a minor but important role. Nana needed to get teeth somehow (pay attention, you'll catch this reference).
So if you want to learn about what caused Pan to be, if you want to recall what it meant to never grow up, to live the lives of children, and yet contrast it to the real harsh world we live in; take a trip to Neverland, at your local theatre and as always if you can't see it there...second star to the left and straight on till morning.

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