Finding Neverland

Posted: January 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

With my Cookie monstah cuddled up in my lap and a cold cuppa coffee in my hand, I switched off the lights and switched on Finding Neverland.

What a delightful little movie! As someone who loves to write and known for a mad imagination, this one based on the life of the creator of Peter Pan, was more entertaining than a jar of nutella. Well, almost. I mean, very few things in life ever top a jar of nutella right?

The most compelling performance for me was that of Freddie Highmore, the boy who plays Peter. A boy version of the talented likes of Dakota Fanning, I’d say. Winslet and Depp were predictably good, nothing mind-blowing. But what hit me the most in the movie was the concept of it all.

Imagination. There is hardly any left of it in our everyday adult lives no? More often than not, as that crabby old grandma reprimands Depp in this movie, imagination is dismissed as ‘childish nonsense’. Of course it’s fun and silly, but who went and labelled adulthood as a time when fun and silly must be duly disposed of?

It hit home because one of my greatest fears of this ‘growing up’ jazz is having to throw away all the things that are now a part of me, all of the silly madness. And replace it with a calm reserve of responsibility and all the blah-de-blah things that adults are known to stand for.

But the theme of the movie questions the way that the ‘adult’ image has been moulded by society: why should adulthood be as dreary and ‘old’ as huffy old grannies proclaim it to be? Is it any wonder, then, that we are left with a sad yearning for the sillyness of our childhood when we are old?

A memorable line from the movie, is when Mrs. Snow likens her husband’s death to the crocodile (with a clock in its tummy) hunting down Captain Hook in Peter Pan:
“I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us, isn’t that right?”

  1. Sabby says:

    Sadly, Freddie Highmore is all grown up now. Hope he doesn’t into one of those grass sniffin, pill popping child stars. And as to growing up, we are who we let ourselves become. =)

  2. Dilsiri Welikala says:

    it certainly was a nice movie.

  3. Dee says:

    must watch…

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