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COME AWAY – Movie Review

I knew that this movie was a combination of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like. David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie play the parents of Peter Pan and Wonderland’s Alice in a live-action movie. Peter Pan and Alice from Wonderland are supposed to be siblings with another brother, David. 

About Come Away

In this imaginative origin story of two of the most beloved characters in literature – Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland – eight-year-old Alice (Keira Chansa), her mischievous brother Peter (Jordan A. Nash) and their brilliant older sibling David (Reece Yates) let their imaginations run wild one blissful summer in the English countryside. Encouraged by their parents Jack and Rose (David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie), the kids’ make-believe tea parties, sword fights and pirate ship adventures come to an abrupt end when tragedy strikes. Peter, eager to prove himself a hero to his grief-stricken and financially-struggling parents, journeys with Alice to London, where they try to sell a treasured heirloom to the sinister pawnshop owner known as C.J. (David Gyasi). Returning home, Alice seeks temporary refuge in a wondrous rabbit hole while Peter permanently escapes reality by entering a magical realm as leader of the “Lost Boys.”

My Thoughts

This movie is heavy and I really think you need to see both movies (Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland) to get many of the things you see in the movie. Unfortunately, the older brother, David, dies and Peter feels semi responsible. He connects with a group of boys, The Lost Boys, and tries to save his family by eventually leaving for good. Once David passes away, Alice deals with the lost of connection with her mother and choosing to leave her home behind to move in with her aunt. 

It’s definitely a magical story with a few lows that make you wonder if young children can handle the lows or understand the issues the parents are dealing with. I have a 7yr old and he enjoyed the movie, but couldn’t really express what he enjoyed. I think older children would enjoy it better or it’s best watched by the family because mom and dad could probably explain a few different things. 

I was able to interview Jordan Nash (Peter Pan) this week to speak more about his role. He shared that this was his first lead role and the movie was filmed before COVID. He enjoyed working with David and Angelina. The best part was filming different magical scenes. Acting is fun for him and he wants to do it for many years. He wants people to leave this film feeling good. 

One fun fact: Jordan played in Aladdin with Will Smith! 

It was refreshing to see different cultures represented and cast in the movie. This gives young people of color the opportunity to see themselved represented on screen in a magical way. 

Follow the hashtag #ComeAwayMovie to see what other people are saying about this move. 

Cast: Jordan Nash, Keira Chansa, Reece Yates, David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie, Anna Chancellor, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, David Gyasi, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Director: Brenda Chapman
Screenwriter: Marissa Kate Goodhill

 

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