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(I wrote this in May 2007 for my Honors Literature & Composition class during my junior year of high school.)

No one can avoid the world of imagination. It can draw an unsuspecting person into its endless possibilities in the blink of an eye. Some seek it out as an escape from a dreary, monotonous lifestyle. Others wish to find new ways to entertain themselves. Everyone has played the fascinating game of “let’s pretend” at some point during his or her life. With the help of a creative imagination, a small patch of woods near a neighborhood can become an enchanted kingdom or a grandparent’s closet can be a cave to explore with undiscovered treasures and the possibilities of dangerous beasts. Creativity and imagination are priceless gifts that add color to life. Visualizing while reading breathes magic into the words on the pages and causes the action to appear, plunging the reader headfirst into what happens. There is no age limit to imagination; everyone is blessed with it. When analyzing the film entitled Finding Neverland from different angles such as literary and cinematic aspects, it can be proven that this film, with its celebration of friendship and imagination, will withstand the progression of time and remain a classic for generations to come.

Set in London of 1903, Finding Neverland begins with the introduction of the writer and playwright James Barrie. As of late, his works are losing appreciation from his audiences, and the owner of the theatre at which Mr. Barrie puts on his plays is anxious for a new play that will be a success and reap bountiful proceeds. On the home front, his relationship with his wife is deteriorating, as is her faith in him. Barrie seeks out relaxation and inspiration at a nearby park. One day, he meets a family of four young boys playing, their mother, Sylvia Llewellyn Davies, keeping a watchful eye over all of them. Upon spending time with them, James Barrie becomes very fond of the family and begins to spend more and more of his time with them, telling them stories and allowing their imaginations to take flight into worlds of pirates, cowboys and Indians, and many other fun scenarios. He becomes very attached to Sylvia and confides in her all of his insecurities. Together, they provide a steadfast support to one another. Throughout the time spent with the family, Mr. Barrie takes particular interest in the middle child, Peter, who is bitter towards Barrie and accuses him of attempting to take his late father’s place in the family. James Barrie only shows support and care for them all, using the delightful adventures of the boys as inspiration for his new play, in which he politely asks Peter for the use of his name for the main character. Disaster strikes as Sylvia is found to be terminally ill. She refuses to be hospitalized and is set on spending her remaining time with her sons. When she is unable to attend the opening night of James’ new play called Peter Pan, he brings the entire performance to her home and finally shows her the magical heaven of Neverland that she had been so anxious to see.

This priceless and imaginative story is based on reality and is a classic for all ages to experience. Symbolism is important and emphasized throughout. The separate and closed doors between James Barrie and his wife stand for how their marriage is being closed off and growing apart. The powerful scene in which Peter destroys his makeshift theatre symbolizes his loss of hope and trust in adulthood. Sylvia re-pasted Peter’s book of self-written stories and adventures because she wished for him to continue on being imaginative after her death. Themes prevalent throughout the film are many wonderful messages including the ever important: don’t grow up too fast. Also a strong theme is one which states that an open heart and imagination can help take the pain away from troubles or illness. Spending the remainder of her time with her sons and Mr. Barrie helped Sylvia transcend her terrible condition and find the beauty of a vivid imagination. This film truly helps put the faith back into people’s lives and should be considered timeless throughout the ages.

The acting portrayal and cinematic aspects enhanced the film, making the storyline all the more wonderful. Johnny Depp’s interpretation of James Barrie was inspiring and highly believable. His facial expressions truly helped viewers see his inner-child and playfulness. It was interesting how Mr. Barrie seemed more uncomfortable and ill at ease around adults whereas, around children, he brought out his true colors and love of life’s adventures and magical possibilities. His voice was very effective when carrying out the emotional intensity of scenes, especially when he confided in Sylvia of the time when his older brother died and he himself so desperately vied for his mother’s attention and fondness. It was also then that he introduced Sylvia to the world of Neverland. The low tones and soft lilt of his subtle Scottish accent brought special life to his character. An extremely difficult scene to act out must have been when Peter Davies, played by Freddie Highmore, destroyed his theatre and vented his anger over how every adult was deceiving him, causing him to lose his faith and trust in adulthood.

Camera angles and music selections were also priceless assets in creating this timeless film. The scenery of the park, fields, country cottage, and Neverland were absolutely breathtaking along with the chosen views from the audience’s standpoint. At Peter Pan’s opening night, the soaring of the camera demonstrated Peter’s realization and enjoyment of the play. Visual effects such as the scene on the pirate ship and the circus helped enhance Barrie’s imagination and creativity. After the scene in which Sylvia was exploring Neverland, there was a fade-out that showed the end of her life. Also, the end of the film had a fade to white to demonstrate the bright hope and future to come. Furthermore, the music helped enhance the mood and would crescendo with excitement. A boy’s choir sang throughout, promoting childlike innocence and playfulness. It helped the viewer be transported into the magical world of James Barrie’s imagination. At times, there was no music playing in the background to place emphasis rather on dialogue and movement than an orchestra. Every aspect of this film was a treasure to cinema, enabling this movie to be a beloved classic for years to come.

The doors to the world of imagination are never closed. They are always open and ready for a visit at any time. Creativity should never be hindered or oppressed, for in creativity there is character and growth. Individuality is shaped and molded by a healthy imagination. Keep faith strong and always keep the child inside alive.

 

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The Fountain raconte le combat à travers les âges d’un homme pour sauver la femme qu’il aime.
Espagne, XVIe siècle. Le conquistador Tomas part en quête de la légendaire Fontaine de jouvence, censée offrir l’immortalité.
Aujourd’hui. Un scientifique nommé Tommy Creo cherche désespérément le traitement capable de guérir le cancer qui ronge son épouse, Izzi.
Au XXVIe siècle, Tom, un astronaute, voyage à travers l’espace et prend peu à peu conscience des mystères qui le hantent depuis un millénaire.
Les trois histoires convergent vers une seule et même vérité, quand les Thomas des trois époques – le guerrier, le scientifique et l’explorateur – parviennent enfin à trouver la paix face à la vie, l’amour, la mort et la renaissance.

 

 

The Fountain est un objet farouchement singulier mais jamais déroutant. Une quête existentielle (rien que ça). On ne sait pas ce qu’a vécu Aronofsky ces dernières années, mais la maturité et la puissance sourde qui émanent de son cinéma sont juste inouïes.Que le film ait mis six ans à voir le jour n’a rien d’étonnant. Son allergie aux conventions et son ambition aveugle risquent de laisser une majorité du grand public sur le carreau… Qui se privera d’une des œuvres les plus fascinantes à avoir foulé les salles depuis très longtemps.

 

Aucun repère dans le temps ni dans l’espace ,ce film jongle entre passé , présent et avenir , dès le début on voit un homme tourmenté par le souvenir d’une femme , et d’un choix qu’il doit réaliser . Enchevêtrement entre la réalité , la fiction , c’est le livre qu’Yzze écrit qui est l’élément central de l’histoire . Enchevêtrement du mythe de la création maya et de l’immortalité . Le début est lent , on a du mal à rentrer dedans , se n’est qu’à la moitié du film que la quête du héros est révélée , et qui prend son sens à la fin .

 

Très loin de son Requiem For A Dream, Darren Aronofsky confirme son statut de réalisateur pas comme les autres. Ici il délivre une épopée magnifique en 3 temps (amour, vie, mort) sur 3 époques. Le résultat est esthétiquement renversant et l’histoire très poétique. Enveloppé d’une aura mystérieuse, The Fountain, qui n’a pas très bien marché au cinéma et en dvd, a tout pour devenir un des cultes du 7e art.

 

Derek Aranofsky fait partie des rares “artistes” du cinéma hollywoodien, la chose est indéniable. Son nouvel opus “the fountain” témoigne d’une ambition et d’un sens du visuel rares et précieux. Ceci posé, peut-on prendre au sérieux son nouveau film qui brasse les époques allègrement et pose la question du “sens de la mort”, rien de moins. Foutage de gueule ou oeuvre visionnaire ? La question se pose et laisse perplexe. Avec la drôle d’impression de regarder une nouvelle version du 2001 de Kubrick, qui n’est pas pour autant plus moderne et pertinente que l’originale

 

Visuellement parlant : “the Fountain” est déjà un chef-d’oeuvre, la prestation des différents acteurs (Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz et aussi tous les rôles secondaires) confirme ce chef-d’oeuvre, la musique exceptionnelle de Clint Mansell renforce ce chef-d’oeuvre. Bref tout ce qui est autour du film est une merveille mais l’histoire en elle-même est très bien par son intelligence et par son incompréhensibilité. On ne comprend pas tout de suite les détails ou les pièces maîtresses du film mais plus ou moins longtemps après des solutions se présentent à nous. Ce film nous apprend également à faire des interprétations très personnelles et souvent inexplicables. Enfin bon, du grand Darren Aronofsky, un immense chef-d’oeuvre à voir absolument quand on s’y sent prêt.

 

Pour ceux qui aiment etre surpris, derangés. Ce film est une enigme. On se laisse prendre et surprendre. On se questionne. Un film qui prend les spectateurs pour des gens intelligents et qui leur proposent autre chose que de la bouillie de mc do premachée, c’est assez rare pour être salué. Chacun y verra ce qui le touche personnellement. Film sur l’amour eternel, sur le renoncement , sur le deuil…Allez savoir ! Peut etre faut-il le voir plusieurs fois pour trouver des reponses.

 

Voilà le film le plus déroutant que j’ai vu cette année. Je déteste les films complentatatifs où l’on ne comprend rien du début à la fin, donc The Fountain est tout le contraire. Un film envoutant sur l’acceptation de la mort, à la fois par l’histoire originale et des images incroyables mais aussi par une musique captivante, car normalement je ne fait pas vraiment attention à la BO mais ici elle vous cloue à votre siège. Par contre je ne sais pas si le rendu en DVD sera aussi époustouflant, à part si pour les plus chanceux vous avez un home cinema.

 

 

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