Open Up Your Mind To A New World in “Come Away”-Now Playing
This weekend gather up the family and open up your mind to a new world in “Come Away” now playing in select theaters and at home on demand. “Come Away” allows you to journey down the rabbit hole and travel to Neverland as you explore
a whole new world of imagination and exploration as two beloved children’s classics come together in this coming of age tale of a family, broken by an unspeakable tragedy tries to find their way back to one another and learn to navigate through.
“By day they did as they were told but in the innermost place of their heart, they wondered what if was like to grow up but at night their golden dream dust took them far, far away…”
In this poignant tale told through the eyes of Alice, retelling the story to her own children about the life of a young girl who was torn between doing what was expected while growing up or following her heart and her brother Peter, the boy that desperately tried to put away his own dreams in order to fill the gap left by his brother but ultimately chooses his own path.
“When the first baby laughed, its laugh broke into a thousand sounds and went straight from the hearts of fairies into every child’s bell.”
This coming of age story brings together two of the most beloved characters in literature – Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland – and goes back in time as we follow the adventures of eight-year-old Alice (Keira Chansa), her mischievous brother Peter (Jordan A. Nash) and their brilliant older sibling David (Reece Yates) as they allow their imaginations to run wild one blissful summer in the English countryside.
“The summer when I was 8 it was a summer of tea parties, sword fights, and a yearning to grow up but fearing to ever grow old.”
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).
“The hustle and bustle of London held a mystery in our minds. We knew that father had a life before but never could we have imagined just what that life was or what it would bring.”
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.” It is a story of a family broken and torn apart by a moment in time when their world as they know it, ceases to exist and trying to find their way again and delves into a past that Peter and Alice were shielded from but now overtakes the world as they know it. In the end, it leaves you wondering, just like the stories they intertwined together, if perhaps if any of this was indeed real, or whether it was all just a dream or possibly if you’re just too grown up to understand.
The score is whimsical and haunting and reminiscent of classic movies such as “Hook” and helps to propel you into a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. The dark and seedy side of London is brilliant as we meet almost a Willy Wonka-esque Pawn Broker and his assistant who have more of a connection to the family than ever imagined and examines and asks the question which path should you follow and where will it take you in your life. Do you follow the straight road, the one that is laid out and expected of you, or do you take the fork in the road, filled with twists and turns but in the end allows you to follow your dreams and in deciding which road to take, how does that ultimately change the direction your life takes?
“Long ago, in a faraway land, there was a family. By day they did exactly as they were told but somewhere in the innermost space of their heart, they wondered. She was only a visitor back then to Wonderland, but Peter was born to be Pan. He would come back from time to time and leave us a piece of his adventure. The world was fresh and filled with possibilities long ago and it is because of my brother that I haven’t forgotten how to dream. It is in those moments that I wonder should I have come away with him all those years ago?”
“Come Away” is raw and touching all at the same time in its depiction of using fantasy to escape the reality of life but unlike other fairy tales, it is left for the audience to decide if there is indeed a happily ever after. It’s a movie of hope and dreams and the struggle to keep the dream alive but more importantly it is the tale of the unconditional love of a family. This weekend take the family on a journey of wonder and imagination and travel to the world “Come Away” now playing in theaters and at home on demand. Which path would you choose?
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