Finding Neverland

    5 July 2005, evening time

I had the day off today, and used it to do what I like to do best: watch a movie. I had seen Finding Neverland before, but wanted to see it again. Ahilan has said this is his favourite film of 2004. I’m not sure what my favourite film from last year is, but I can say this one was very good. I love the way this movie was filmed. Characters are constantly moving between the real world and the imaginary world, and the transitions are sometimes quite subtle. The acting is great all around. I can’t recommend this film enough.

My favourite scene in the film is shot while the following portion of the play Peter Pan is being shown:

“I can’t help you, Wendy. Hook wounded me. I can neither fly nor swim.”

“Do you mean we shall both be drowned?”

“Look how the water is rising.”

They put their hands over their eyes to shut out the sight. They thought they would soon be no more. As they sat thus something brushed against Peter as light as a kiss, and stayed there, as if saying timidly, “Can I be of any use?”

It was the tail of a kite, which Michael had made some days before. It had torn itself out of his hand and floated away.

“Michael’s kite,” Peter said without interest, but next moment he had seized the tail, and was pulling the kite toward him.

“It lifted Michael off the ground,” he cried; “why should it not carry you?”

“Both of us!”

“It can’t lift two; Michael and Curly tried.”

“Let us draw lots,” Wendy said bravely.

“And you a lady; never.” Already he had tied the tail round her. She clung to him; she refused to go without him; but with a “Good-bye, Wendy,” he pushed her from the rock; and in a few minutes she was borne out of his sight. Peter was alone on the lagoon.

The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melancholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.

Peter was not quite like other boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremour ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

The official Finding Neverland web site.

 

Comments

  1. I liked this movie toooooooo. :)

  2. yup, my fav film of 2004…It seems the whole movie is made to put a lump in your throat…Winslet and Depp always deliver…

  3. I just saw the movie and it was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. Especially when they keep switching back and fourth between reality and their imagination.

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