Slow and relentless, the story of Neverwas unfolds inexorably over the bulk of the time. With just enough mystery over the obvious, it pulled me along to what was a fairly inevitable conclusion. But as is often said, it is the journey that matters for the characters.

All in all, an unexpected little film with a great cast (Eckhart, Moriarty, Lang, McKellan, Wm. Hurt, Nolte, Cumming, and others). And specifically, Ian McKellan is, as always, wonderful. You can even see the beginnings of his King Lear as he portrayed it in the Royal Shakespear’s 2009 production. This isn’t a film to plan your weekend around, but certainly worth a watch at some point when you’re curious or in the mood for a psychological fairy tale.

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