We can always see the frightened little boy in the man, and the importance of the role that make-believe plays in a world often too eager to tell us to accept things as they are instead of urging us to remake them by dreaming of how they could be.
Depp, as the Scottish-born turn-of-the-century playwright J.M. Barrie, portrays a fellow who is openly gentle to the core, and the actor just about wraps the movie around his lilting delivery and quiescent gaze.
I like the way this film kind of mirrors Peter Pan. That we have these magical elements, little things that of course are now keystones and touch notes in the Peter Pan story we see how the idea first came to him.