What’s the story?
Vacations are incomplete without movies, especially for children! This post will give you a good choice if you like to enjoy adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Did you watch Wendy? It is a wildly reimagined version of the classic story. Yes, the drama is inspired by ‘Peter Pan’ of J. M. Barrie!
The movie features Kyzysztof Meyn, Gavin Naquin, Yashua Mack, Romyri Ross, Ahmad Cage, Gage Naquin, and Devin France in lead roles. Benh Zeitlin has directed it, and this is his second film in the last eight years, indicating he believes in taking enough time to work on his projects.
The film is an American fantasy drama released by Searchlight Pictures recently on Feb 28, 20. The movie was already premiered on Jan 26, 20, at the film festival of Sundance. Wendy was produced by Paul Mezey, Becky Glupczynski, Josh Penn, and Dan Janvey.
It was created at a budget of $6 million, and till now, the movie has done a box office business of $143,518. The responsibility of its screenplay was in the hands of Eliza Zeitlin and Benh Zeitlin. Dan Romer has given music scores! Searchlight Pictures handled the distribution rights of the film.
Is it any good?
The film is about two hours long of a girl who lost on a mysterious island, where aging is not synchronous with time. She needs to fight, to save her youth, she enjoys the most, for her freedom with the risk of growing up.
The story is based on a little girl Wendy with her twin brothers Douglas and James. They live near a railroad track with their mother Angela Darling, who is working at Darling’s Diner as a waitress.
One day the three children meet Peter Pan on a moving locomotive, who takes them to a mysterious volcanic island. The children have some connection with the volcano as the island’s spirit, or Mother, whose influence is preventing them from aging.
They met a band having Thomas whom they know well. He is missing from their native place for years. Surprisingly, he looks of the same age even now. They last saw him shouting nearby a passing train.
It was shot on an island located in the south of Antigua, Montserrat that was depopulated in the early 2000s because of a big volcanic eruption. The location was dangerous and messy, and their executives never visited there before for inspection. Also, only those stuff and people were allowed on the sets that were essentials for the shooting.
For this movie, the makers had discovered most of the amateur cast from an auditioning process for about a yearlong, including nearly 1,500 kids. Zeitlin found his Peter Pan in Yashua Mack, a boy of 6 years from a remote forested compound who didn’t act before. By the way, Mack belongs to Rastafarian Antigua.
As per Zeitlin, they have chosen to shot Wendy on a 16mm film only because their locations were at the remote island and arduous to reach. It needed hours of hiking to reach there, and no electric supply was there to set-up their ample lighting. Also, he likes the beautiful shots that it captures!
The director likes to work with inexperienced child actors who are new on their careers and learning ahead to settle on the “Hollywood”. He wants to teach them and make them act, altogether it is more than fun at the movie sets, not just work. By the way, for this film, he trained his young cast on both swim and act.
The film Wendy is focused on the relationship between children in a secret ecosystem that is heading towards destruction. It has got average reviews from the critics.
It seems like the movie is interesting for kids who do not think much about the logic while watching a movie. Adults can also love it, those who would like to listen to fairy tales full of surprising visual without proper sense.
As per the weighted average score on Metacritic, the film has gained 53 points from 100 concerning inputs from 27 critics. Hence this indicates as average or mixed reviews.
Currently, on IMDB, Wendy has got an overall rating of 5.8 out of 10 based on 528 different reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, about 40% has approved the film from 45 reviews and got 6.06 out of 10 as an average rating.
You could try this drama with your family if you do like to watch Zeitlin’s films; those are mostly based on magical-realism, and anti-urban fables!