2004, the year of the “indie” film, has proved to be a year of movie excellence. Artistic creativity and the need for political messages have found themselves at the center and heart of each movie that has been released. Finding Neverland is one such movie that has proven to have shown artistic creativity, while still sharing themes that are important in society. This movie was released in late 2004 amid the thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, a time where people are frantically shopping for their Christmas presents and getting caught up in the world of work, so it is no surprise that this movie was not widely seen.
Finding Neverland was an overall excellent movie. With the work of some great actors (Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, and new comer Freddie Highmore) this movie soared into the skies amidst the idle and weak structure. It is the Story of one man (James M. Barrie), who after meeting a widowed women and her four fatherless boys, decides to write the play “Peter Pan”.
But it is much more than this simple plot line. “Finding Neverland traverses both fantasy and everyday reality, melding the difficulties and heartbreak of adult life with the spellbinding allure and childlike innocence of the boy who never grows up. (Miramax)” After meeting Sylvia and her boys, Peter, Jack, George, and Michael, in the park, Mr. Barrie decides that he wants to become a father-figure to them. He teaches them to use their imagination to escape from the world and its problems.
In a society like todays this theme is important for children to hear. The youth of today are “loosing their imagination” and are replacing it with video games, which fabricate fantasy worlds and even give shape and substance to characters that were once imagined. However, there is a bad side to this theme. Children should not use imagination to escape from the problems that are evident in their lives, because they …