“A highly relevant urban tale that acknowledges reality and stylistically brings forth an actor’s struggle to reclaim his mastery “

Birdman (2014): Movie Review

‘Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’ was one film I was really excited to watch on the big screen, mostly because of the buzz around its camera and editing works, which I must say is brilliant. Through this black comedy, Alejandro Inarittu openly takes a swing at the superhero films and blockbusters which idolize and typecast most actors. The film (literally) revolves around Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), the star from the 80s (or early 90s) better known to all as ‘Birdman’ but now a diminishing actor, and his attempt to portray an adaptation of  a Raymond Carver story named ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’ on the Broadway. It also invisibly cuts into his broken relationship with his ex-wife Sylvia (Anna Ryan), girlfriend Laura (Andrea Riseborough) and daughter Sam (Emma Stone).

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" starring Riggin Thomson

(“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” starring Riggan Thomson)
Michael Keaton & Edward Norton

Throughout the film, Riggan encounters his ego in the form of ‘Birdman’ – the character/role that catapulted him into the limelight. This personification of his ego turns out to be the haunting villain in his life as well as the empowering force that drives him. Riggan does reflect on his obsession with his character during his years, which wrecked his family life and also displays his aversion towards it by fighting with it. Riggan, who now leads a fading career as an actor ambitiously forays into directing the play based on Carver’s short story. This venture is Riggan’s quest for relevancy and re-establishing his fame as an actor and ‘getting out of that feathered suit’ that has been holding him back. Michael Keaton should be praised for his classy performance and courage to take up this role, which playfully mocks his own career in a way. The fact that Keaton once played ‘Batman’, and that too in the 80s, adds an extra dimension to the film.

Edward Norton portrays Mike Shiner, an adept method actor who comes in as a replacement for another role in Riggan’s play. Shiner quickly gets in sync and settles down with the rest of the crew, but proving to be a competition for Riggan in terms of acting. Emma Stone plays Sam Thomson, Riggan’s daughter and also his assistant, an ex-junkie (who ‘seems’ to be recovering). Her explosive monologue on ‘relevancy’ to her father is one of the strongest scenes in the movie. Naomi Watts also displays her acting skills through Lesly – a passionate actress, who is about to make her first Broadway appearance. One unlikely but highly admirable performance was displayed by Zack (yes) Galifianakis, and I hope that he would take up such serious roles in future.

Its fascinating how composer Antonio Sanchez has glued in and brought out the feel of this film with scores made just using drums. The unexpected abruptness and groove in the score suits the satirical atmosphere of the film. There are certain scenes in which I felt an intentionally induced sync between the dialogues and the score (BIRDMAN: “Coffee” Scene). Cinematography is another integral component that makes this film unique. Emmanuel Lubezki who is one of the top cinematographers out there has skillfully maneuvered the camera covering scenes from the gloomy lit backstage to the vibrant and eruptive crowd at Times Square. Kudos to the editing department for making the whole movie appear like a single shot with intelligent cuts and, adding in an appropriate chroma that fills in the mood in every shot.

 BIRDMAN: “Coffee” Scene

‘Birdman’, in a nutshell, is an entertaining film that does justice to the art of film making. The script by Inarittu which he wrote with his successful co-writers from Biutiful (2010), has brought out an engaging and thoughtful exchange of dialogues that grips the audience at various levels. As a one line review, ‘Birdman’ is a highly relevant urban tale that acknowledges reality and stylistically brings forth an actor’s struggle to reclaim his mastery and redefine his persona by shedding those feathers that caged him. ‘Birdman’ does rise above most of the other films released last year and in Inarittu’s filmography.

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4-stars

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Like Kathryn Bigelow’s previous film, Hurt Locker; Zero Dark Thirty also goes by similar standards.  Zero Dark Thirty shows the decade long man-hunt for the almost invisible Osama Bin Laden. The film takes us along the life of Maya (Jessica Chastain), the CIA operative, who takes up the challenge, fights along, and lives through the mission for almost 10 years, to capture the ultimate villain, mankind has ever witnessed.

The golden globe nominated Mark Boal script has sectioned the film into different chapters. This has actually made the movement of time in the film rather smooth. It touches through almost all the significant attacks and events connected with Al Qaeda-the 9/11, the Marriott Hotel attack, the London attack, the attack of CIA base Camp Chapman, etc.

Jason Clarke who plays Dan in ZD30

The film opens with the title “September 11, 2001” in white, against a black background, as we hear radio/ telephonic conversations-news reports, warnings, people crying for help; indicative of the shear confusion and disaster that mankind was put to during the 9/11 attack.  The film then cuts to “The Saudi Group”, the much debated torture scenes of the film.

To comment on these scenes which allegedly show CIA’s inhuman methodology or call it, war tactics, against terrorism; in the context of the film, these scenes are inevitable, and rightfully require the treatment given by BIgelow and Boal. Jason Clarke, who plays Dan (Maya’s superior), gives the film a strong and stern start with his performance.

The film moves in line with CIA operative Maya’s corporate life; a dedicated, determined and smart woman, who has sacrificed her personal life for her job. She gets assigned in Afghanistan, for her first mission, in which she is part of a team, trailing the ultimate super-villain. She witnesses her first interrogation with prisoners(the torturing scenes), gets a taste of the life in this part of the world through her colleagues, and gets to know what it means to protect her homeland ; thus her character keeps growing stronger and bolder as the story moves on.

The interrogations lead them to their first piece of valuable evidence, a contact named Abu Ahmed, who has worked among the high ranks of Al Qaeda, an immediate messenger for Osama Bin Laden. The film progresses with the search for Abu Ahmed, who is reported to have been killed by one of his captured colleagues. Eventually it is revealed that it was his brother who was killed, and not Abu Ahmed. The CIA tracks him down in Pakistan, by hacking in telephonic conversations and locates his hideout in a heavily walled compound in Abbottabad. Later on through satellite surveillance, CIA finds that the compound inhabits more than one family.

The showdown

The last 30 minutes or so of the film is when they send in their U.S Navy SEAL team, to take out their target, after confirming Osama’s presence at the compound. These scenes are extra-ordinarily brilliant with POV-ish shots that put us right into the situation. The cinematography in these scenes is remarkable. The way in which cinematographer Greig Fraser, has handled these scenes in the dark with occasional torch light flashes and flash bangs, switching through night vision and intentional shaky shots can only be expressed as pure excellence.

“Possible Jackpot”. These words seal the mission and the film almost; and the film ends  with the scene in which Maya sits on a flight specially arranged for her return to America. Zero Dark Thirty also features a strong line of supporting cast- Hollywood heavyweight James Gadolfini in his pompous role of the CIA chief, and character actor Mark Strong, playing a superior officer at the CIA, Joel Edgerton, who is part of the U.S Navy SEAL team, Emmy winner Kyle Chandler and Edgar Ramirez also doing a good job.

Zero Dark Thirty is a frontrunner for almost every award out there. Jessica Chastain, who was one of the top performers last year, is busy collecting awards this time. The film has already garnered accolades from Washington, Boston Critics, National Board of Review, AFI Film award, 4 Golden Globe nominations (unfortunately winning only one out of it), and has been nominated for 5 BAFTA and Oscar Awards each.

Zero Dark Thirty is a one of a kind film. It could fall into a category, say, espionage-documentary-ish thriller. Bigelow has maintained the same tone and style as her previous works, and has made a point by moulding a strong woman character such as ‘Maya’, like what Jessica Chastain said in her acceptance speech at the Globes. Though the CIA has openly stated the film as factually insignificant, this film deserves praise for at least dramatizing it then.

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Sunday at the ceremony held at Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The expected domination by Lincoln was absent, rather, the HFPA gave Argo the much deserved nod, making the Oscar race more exciting. The best comedy/musical motion picture went to Les Miserables. The Best Director was bagged by Argo lead-cum-director, Ben Affleck, beating the likes of Bigelow, Spielberg, Ang Lee and Tarantino, who already have one (or many) in their accounts already.

Argo Production Team

Argo Cast & Production Team

The acting awards unsurprisingly went to Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain, in the drama category, and the comedy/musical acting awards were bagged by Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence. Christoph Waltz won his second gold in three years for his supporting role in Django Unchained, which won for the best screenplay; Brave and Amour, were selected as the best Animated and Foreign Language films respectively. The full list of awards have been given below.

Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck & Daniel Day-Lewis

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
>Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
>Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Richard Gere – Arbitrage
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
>Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
>Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
>Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray – Hyde Park on Hudson

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench – Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
>Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith – Quartet
Meryl Streep – Hope Springs

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Alan Arkin – Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
>Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
>Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
>Amour (Austria) – Michael Haneke
A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Nikolaj Arcel
The Intouchables (France) – Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Kon Tiki (Norway/UK/Denmark) – Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Rust and Bone (France) – Jacques Audiard

BEST ANIMATED FILM
>Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST DIRECTORMOTION PICTURE
>Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

BEST SCREENPLAYMOTION PICTURE
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
>Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Chris Terrio – Argo

ORIGINAL SCOREMOTION PICTURE
>Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Cloud Atlas – Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
Lincoln – John Williams

ORIGINAL SONGMOTION PICTURE
“For You” from Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” from Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
>“Skyfall” from Skyfall
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables

Damian Lewis

In the Television category, Showtime’s “Homeland” hit gold. It received awards for three out of four categories in which it was nominated, which include the best drama TV series, the best actor and actress award in drama genre for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. HBO’s newcomer “Girls” won the Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy. Lena Dunham of “Girls” also won the best actress (musical/comedy). Don Cheadle won the best actor award for his role in House of Lies(comedy/musical). “Game Change“, starring Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson also made a mark, by winning the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television and the actress and supporting actor in the same category as well, thus winning three out of its five nominations. The full list of awards have been given below.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
>Homeland
The Newsroom

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Connie Britton – Nashville
Glenn Close – Damages
>Claire Danes – Homeland
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
>Damian Lewis – Homeland

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
>Girls
Modern Family
Smash

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
>Lena Dunham – Girls
Tina Fey  – 30 Rock
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
>Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Louis C.K. – Louie
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
>Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoy
The Hour
Political Animals

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller – The Girl
>Julianne Moore – Game Change
Sigourney Weaver – Political Animals

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
>Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Toby Jones – The Girl
Clive Owen – Hemingway & Gellhorn

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
Archie Panjabi  – The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson – Game Change
>Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Max Greenfield – New Girl
>Ed Harris – Game Change
Danny Huston – Magic City
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award

The highlight of the show, was the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jodie Foster. The award was presented to her by none other than the ever flamboyant Robert Downey Jr., who introduced Jodie (and of course, himself) in his usual tongue-in-cheek methodology!

What are your thoughts on this year’s Golden Globe Awards? Leave a comment below.


4-stars

Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt

Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt

Time travel movies are always fascinating and equally confusing. Because, you see, while watching these movies, you’ll have to multi-multi task your brain. I think you got what I meant. You have to run as many algorithms in your head, as the film tries to deviate itself from a regular pop-corn flick, simultaneously. By the time you finish watching Looper, many things would have gone in a loop. Stay focused.

Rian Johnson, who wrote and also directed the film, shared in an interview, that he had initially developed it as a three page Short. Quite honestly, it should never have been a Short, and fortunately its shaped up as a 120 min entertainment. Thanks to the producers.

Looper is a futuristic sci-fi movie. It takes place in 2044. 30 years from this point, which is the ‘future’, time travel has been invented, but has been outlawed. ‘Loopers’ are the executioners, who execute people (in the present) sent from the future by criminal organization, and are part of a crime syndicate. The whole story unwinds, when Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) meets his future self, at his gunpoint, and has to close his loop (Closing the loop is when the Looper has to execute his future self, and by this, they officially complete their contract). Old Joe (Bruce Willis) reveals to Joe (Levitt) that he had come from the future, to kill the ‘Rainmaker’, a dictator who came from nowhere, and has ordered to close the loops of all Loopers, and who also killed his wife.

The acting department has done an outstanding job. Joseph-Gordon Levitt, yup, the cute-faced innocent looking lad in 500 Days of Summer, 50-50, etc. has proved that he could turn into a badass lead as well. He perfectly portrayed a younger version of Bruce Willis. I mean, especially during his conversation with Abe (Jeff Daniels), all those one word mumbling replies and all that look he gives, were classic Willis stuffs!  Actors such as Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels have done a decent job as well.

The screenplay by Rian Johnson, is undoubtedly what makes the film outstanding. He has chosen to take forward the story in a  narrative fashion, intelligently twisting the timeline. The way he incorporates the elements of love and affection – motherly love and the love between a husband and wife, makes this flick stand-out from other such time travel movies. Another plus point, is the score by Nathan Johnson. There was a video in which he explained, how he created the scores for the film; he had recorded live industrial and machine sounds for making the soundtracks. As a description, its kind of atmospheric, mechanical and has more of like an ambient style to it, creating the perfect heavenly or futuristic tone needed for the film.

Looper certainly deserves a spot among the top films of 2012. Looper had quite an average collection when it opened, but it certainly picked up from then on. Statistics reveal that it has now grossed above $150m which is not bad for a budget of $30m. Looper is a great thrilling time travel experience! Go get the DVDs now!

“Fast paced, brilliantly written and acted; one of the best series of the year, and Jeff Daniels is simply superb”

Aaron Sorkin has created yet another brilliant show. The Newsroom. The first 7 minutes of the very first episode, proved how this show was going to be a success. It had gone viral even before the show actually started. But before I jump in, let me do it by the ‘Newsroom’ way. (Try reading in Will McAvoy’s voice) Aaron Sorkin who wrote A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network (for which he got back-to-back nominations from the Academy and won for The Social Network), also created famous TV shows such as The West Wing and Sports Night. The reception of this show by the audience was thus not a surprise. It was cheered as Aaron Sorkin’s return to television. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that ‘The Newsroom’ delivered 2.1 million viewers in its debut run, just 0.1 million short of what The Game of Thrones had managed last year. IMDb gives it a good 8.8 mark, while, the Metascore has punished it with an average score of 57 from the critics, but an 8.4 from the users. It has generated 220k+ Facebook fans during its running period of just more than a month. In a nutshell, f*ck the ratings. Just go for it!

The Newsroom shows the behind-the-scene events in a news network agency called the Atlantis Cable News and focuses on star anchor Will McAvoy and his new team of producers. Sorkin has intelligently used real life events in the news, adding to the originality of the show. But whether the depiction of the whole ‘newsroom’ is realistic, is still a reasonable question. The essence of this show lies within the cast (besides Sorkin’s script). Jeff Daniels plays the lead role of Will McAvoy, a showbiz celebrity, the second most watched anchor on television, Emily Mortimer plays MacKenzie McHale who is hired as the Executive Producer for Atlantis Cable News’ (ACN) prime time show News Night, hosted by Will. The other characters in the series are the Associate Producers of ACN- Don (Thomas Sadoski), Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), Maggie (Alison Pill) and Neal (Dev Patel), to name the important ones, Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn)- a business analyst and anchor at ACN and then there is the boss – Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston). The cameo roles by Jane Fonda (as Liona Lansing), Terry Crews (as Lonny Church) and David Krumholtz ( Dr. Jack Habib) are also worth mentioning.

To give you a basic picture, season one is a pulp made out of  drama, politics (yes, U.S. politics – so be aware about the basic stuffs about it), romance, and comedy. Trust me, you will certainly love the last part I just mentioned. There are moments where I LMAO! With every episode, the series gets more interesting. Its the complications among the characters- the issues between Mackenzie and Will, between Jim-Maggie and Maggie-Don, the scandals and allegations surrounding  a public figure such as Will, that takes the show forward. It also emphasizes on the devotion of the people at the newsroom towards their job, how they value life and the show gives a cool picture of their busy life- their times at the office, breaks at the bar, shots at night, etc.

Personally, I really enjoyed the show. You’ll get that ‘I wanna live in this world’ feeling after watching the show- especially with that title song on. It’s fast paced, and brilliantly written and acted; one of the best series of the year, and Jeff Daniels is simply superb. The way he takes the character- vibrant, eccentric (and yes, he does get high in one of the episodes- I mean Will McAvoy) and above all, the way he maintains his cool during tense situations, with a one liner. Emmys I believe, should be having him under their scope now. Wishing the best and looking forward to another great season next year. And btw, thanks HBO.

“An amalgamation of reality and  fairytale”

“Finding Neverland” is a wonderful film from the renowned director Marc Forster. It’s a film that brims with emotions, right from the beginning; An amalgamation of reality and  fairytale. It tells the story of the creator of Peter Pan, J.M Barrie, who lived in England during the 17th century. Johnny Depp plays the role of Barrie, who is a playwright. The film also has Kate Winslet playing Sylvia Davies, a widow struggling to bring up her four boys.
Barrie is a well known playwright in London, but who has been declining lately with his plays. At the beginning, the scene opens to the night at the theater, where his play is about to begin. Barrie who is worried about the response, never appears to welcome the audience, rather leaves it to Charles Frohman (Dustin Hoffman), the theater owner. The opening scene is really spectacular, in the way it depicts the people, the theater and all the theatrical paraphernalia of that time. His play, attended by a high class audience of businessmen, artists, and other theater lovers, fails to impress again. The reason being his wild but childish imagination.

Barrie is married, but he lives a loner’s life -giving more priority to his work and plays, than spending time with his wife. One day Barrie meets a boy named Michael, while he was out in the park for a walk and before settling down to write. He eventually meets his mother Sylvia Davies and his three brothers George, Jack and Peter (a specially talented boy), who recognizes him immediately as the popular playwright in town. He performs a small play for them with his dog ‘Porthos’, at the park, just to amuse them. The director has shot these scenes in the most magical way!

Their relationship grows stronger. Barrie becomes more free and open when he spends time with them. The boys start experiencing merry moments like never before, after their father’s death. But this draws the attention of the people around, and Sylvia’s mother Mrs.Maurier (Julie Christie). Rumors start spreading wide, about Barrie and Sylvia, after Barrie takes the Davies family to his summer cottage. Well, even we can feel the tension between them. But Barrie pays no heed to them, and his mind and heart, involuntarily, gets devoted to this family with their every moment together. This leads to a rift in his personal life, with his wife. The Davies family also inspires him to write his next play, in which he includes the joyous kite flying experience, the pirate skit they enjoyed, and he uses the young lad Peter’s name for a character, in his play.

Sylvia, is often taken down by her illness. This is also another reason why Barrie feels for this family, and particularly the children. In fact, Barrie’s affection towards children and childhood are evident from his plays. Eventually her illness becomes chronic, and she’s on her sickbed. Barrie who is about to display his long toiled work, specially invites the Davies family to it, but Sylvia not being able to make it. Charles Frohman, the theater owner, though supportive, still has a hard time getting over the experience Barrie’s play gave to the audience the last time. But Barrie himself finds the solution to get the crowd in his hand, and asks Frohman to keep aside 25 seats in the theater randomly, for some special guests. It works out successfully!

The film has a tearful yet wondrous ending. Barrie takes Sylvia to Neverland, at the end of the film, the place where every child wants to be- with fairies flying around, cute animals playfully moving about, the most peaceful destination imaginable! The performances by Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julie Christie are remarkable, but I’m a bit disappointed that Hoffman wasn’t given much room with his character to showcase his expertise. But the greater contribution to the film, came from the child actors, especially Freddie Highmore who played Peter.

This film is a masterpiece.