This story about the man who penned Peter Pan is low on the tights quotient but just as magical. A playwright whose star is fading, J.M. Barrie (played intriguingly by Johnny Depp) finds a muse in a sick, single mother (Kate Winslet) and her four boys. Sure, their friendship causes problems with his wife and the snooty society types, but Depp's whimsical playdates with the lads lay the groundwork for the successful stage production about a boy who refuses to grow up.
At its heart, this movie is about believing and finding happiness, and Depp, who has no problem playing an eccentric, can lead us anywhere. His costars, especially Freddie Highmore (as youngest sibling Peter), give it back amply, making sure the audience's tears well up for movie's bittersweet end. This isn't just kid stuff; parents too will get lost in Neverland.