Finding Neverland Film Analysis Essay

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Finding Neverland is the story of J. M. Barrie, a playwright, who finds inspiration for the play Peter Pan through the four Davies boys and their mother Sylvia. Besides the fact that Johnny Depp is possibly one of the greatest actors of our time, this is a splendid film. Barrie needs inspiration for his next play and finds it while playing with all four of the Davies boys as they use their imagination. The editing in this movie helps show the viewer not only the reality of their pretending but also what their pretending looks like in their imagination. I found this to be the most interesting display of editing in the film. Although Finding Neverland was nominated for best editing, it did not win in 2004; the film did win best music at the …show more content…
Barrie watching an audience react to the opening night of one of his plays. This scene has multiple cuts, going from Barrie to the stage and then back to the audience. It doesn’t seem to show all three of those in the same shot because the viewer is supposed to see disconnect between the audience, the actors in the play, and the playwright, Barrie. At the very end of the first scene it shows a shot of Barrie looking out at the audience and it begins to rain in the theatre. James Barrie’s play did not go over well with the critics, and the rain symbolized his emotions towards that reaction. Of course this is his imagination because the audience isn’t even phased by the rain. This moment in the movie shows the viewer from the beginning that Barrie has quite the imagination, and it helps the viewer get a greater understanding of what Barrie is seeing or …show more content…
Sylvia becomes very ill in the movie and is unable to make it to James’ play, Peter Pan. One night James brings the play to Sylvia’s house with all the actors and even some parts of the set. At the end of the play a curtain rises up and it’s a magical forest which Barrie tells Sylvia is Neverland; a place he promised to show her one day. Sylvia is mystified and walks down to experience Neverland, and as she gets farther into Neverland the more the shot fades out and becomes completely black. After the fade out, it jump cuts to Sylvia’s funeral. This shot is incredibly meaningful; it wanted to give the viewer the impression the Sylvia didn’t just die, she went to Neverland. Which also what James tells Peter, so that he can visit his mom in his imagination whenever he

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