Unlock your imagination.
Directed by: Marc Forster
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
After his latest play flops, playwright J.M. Barre's friendship with a widow and her family helps inspire him to write his most famous work, Peter Pan.
Finding Neverland did very well at most of the major awards shows, including earning seven Oscar nominations, 11 BAFTA nominations, and five Golden Globe nominations. The Cosmos were a little more sparring; it earned two nominations, including Best Historical and a second consecutive Best Actor nod for Johnny Depp.
Johnnie Depp is much loved by Cosmo voters - last year he won a Best Actor Cosmo, tying with Sean Penn. And he was a surprise Oscar nominee last year. This year, while his Oscar nomination is by no means considered a lock, he's considered to have a strong chance of a second nomination for the sweet drama.
Depp is great in "Finding Neverland," and his performance alone is worth the price of admission - but the rest of the cast makes it a truly wonderful film. Kate Winslet is wonderful, though her performance in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is more award-worthy if one is forced to choose. And her young sons, especially Freddie Highmore as Peter, are integral to the film's success. (At Johnnie Depp's insistance, Freddy Highmore will next co-star with him in Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.")
As much as I loved this film, it may find itself outpaced when it comes to filling out my Cosmo ballot. It may end up in my top five for several categories, but may not end up as #1 for most of them.
My Rating: 9
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