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Top Movies of the Decade #54

54. Finding Neverland

finding_neverland_ver2 A dreamy playwright.   A grief-stricken young boy, with ears like Dumbo’s.  A dying mother.  A story involving fairies, pirates, and nursemaid canines.  “Finding Neverland” had every reason to be syrupy sweet and overly sentimental.   What’s remarkable is that it isn’t.   Here is a textbook example of a movie earning its emotion one step at a time, and still turning on the waterworks by the end.   Every time I hear someone say something like, “well, of course it’s sentimental — it’s a story about a homeless kid who becomes a football star!  What do you expect?”  I want to remind them of “Finding Neverland,”  and all that’s possible.

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