Parents' Guide to

Come Away

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Peter Pan/Alice in Wonderland origin story has grief, peril.

Movie PG 2020 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

Not A Family Movie

I made the mistake of watching this movie with my 9 and 12 y.o. and for once I didn't check Common Sense Media first. I was so excited to see a diverse retelling of Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan with some amazing actors that I just hit "rent". I am a mother of bi-racial children, so I enjoy seeing movies that portray positve representations of these family and children. What a mistake! While this movie is very beautiful, it is also cinematically dark and dreary at times. When my 9 y.o. saw the trailer he refused to watch the movie but I told him it would be okay. He burst out crying at several points (when the older brother drowns, when the daughter is slapped) and I had to rush to cover his eyes when a picture of a dead body was shown and an amputated hand. Just horrible! There is also so much grief and pain and images of gambling and alcohol drinking - it's just not a family movie. And to make matters worse, the ending is not satisactory and the plot is strange. It's fanciful and whimsical and you think eventually it will all make sense. But it never does. And for that reason, I wouldn't even reccomend adults watch it.
age 13+

Depressing and upsetting

Continued terrible things keep happening throughout this movie. You’re left thinking “we need to key watching to find out how it turns out good in the end”. However, relief never comes, instead you’re left with death, alcoholism, violence between family members and running away. This is not a pleasant movie to watch, no matter what age the viewers are.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Come Away promises much but delivers little. A movie that brings together Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan sounds like the makings of a wonderful fantasy tale. Sadly director Brenda Chapman's first live-action venture -- following The Prince of Egypt and Brave -- lacks any of the magic of her two previous animated adventures. For a movie about childhood imagination, little is left for the audience to unpack. The subtext is laid on far too thick, with any peril telegraphed with lazy cliches. The references to Lewis Carroll's and J.M. Barrie's original material are also often crowbarred in, with no real benefit to the story.

Ultimately the movie suffers from not knowing who its audience is. By focusing so much on grief, it's a film that is too heavy for the very audience that may have got the most from the more whimsical elements of the story. The blend of fantasy and real life also makes it difficult to empathize with any of the characters' predicaments. With the likes of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine, Derek Jacobi all cropping up to support Jolie and Oyelowo, Come Away, sadly, feels like an opportunity missed.

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