Finding Neverland (2004) (mini-review++)

fn.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 9

directing 9

effects 9

editing 9

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season and a friend’s dog just died and I hate this time of year and I’m highly emotional but I cried a lot during this movie. And they weren’t just tears of sadness. They were tears of joy, too. I think this Johnny Depp’s finest performance. It’s not the fantastic Keith Richards impersonation in Pirates of the Caribbean or the tragicomic turn in Edward Scissorhands or the sweet styling in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape or the malevolent mayhem of Sweeney Todd. It’s something quite unusual. It’s a subtle performance about a good man with good intentions and a good heart who remarkably does good things. That kind of person doesn’t seem possible anymore. It’s a normal man with brilliant and otherworldly gifts. The kids are great as well. And Kate Winslett, as always, is perfect. She does not have a bad scene in her film career. She does more in a scene than most actors do in a year. I’m a fan. Even if you’re not an emotional wreck like me, I don’t see how you can’t be absolutely charmed by this dulcet slice of humanity. All you have to do is believe.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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