I just finished re-watching the movie Finding Neverland for the first time in years.
I'm pretty sure I cried just as much as I did the first time I saw it.
Finding Neverland tells the story of Scottish writer J. M. Barrie's friendship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her sons George, Jack, Peter, and Michael. They inspired his classic play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Never Grew Up.
The movie starts out with the failure of Barrie's play Little Mary.
We are introduced to his cold marriage and the fact that his wife and he are very different.
I love a particular scene in the movie when he and his wife go into their respective bedrooms.
While the entry into her room is normal and nothing special, his glows with colors and music.
I think that gives us a good idea of his personality and how strained their life together is.
We then see his meeting of Sylvia and her sons and watch as that friendship grows and he becomes somewhat of a second father to the boys.
I loved the scene where they meet.
Little Michael is under his bench and when he tells Mr. Barrie (played so, so well by Johnny Depp) that he is standing on his sleeve. His voice and the way he speaks is darling.
We are also informed quickly of the fact that Peter is the most serious of the bunch.
Barrie has a hard time convincing him, at first, to use his imagination.
Their imaginative adventures together inspire him as he writes the play about boys who do not want to grow up, naming the main character Peter.
The boys mother, Sylvia, is played so wonderfully by Kate Winslet.
And each of the boys are perfectly cast. They are great actors, adorable, and make as big of an impression as the adults in the movie.
I read that during this scene with the spoons, when the boys are laughing so hard, it is actually because Johnny Depp put a "fart machine" under Julie Christie's chair.
She plays Sylvia's mother.
Without giving too much of the movie away to those of you who may not have seen it, this movie will give you a lot of feels.
If you are anything like me, the end will leave you sobbing.
Freddie Highmore (who plays Peter) is amazing. The emotion he brought to the movie in this scene is incredible.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone.