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How the Movie ‘Wendy’ Shows How We’re Really Not of This World

How the Movie ‘Wendy’ Shows How We’re Really Not of This World March 11, 2020

Devin France and Yashua Mack in the film WENDY. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The movie Wendy hasn’t been as warmly received as director Benh Zeitlin’s breakout film, 2012’s magically weird Beasts of the Southern Wild. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating hovers below 50% right now, and when I asked a fellow film critic how he liked the film, he made a face like I’d forced him to eat chocolate broccoli.

I get that. Wendy is a strange tale—a revisionist take on J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan that strips out some of its fun and wonder and gives us instead a bunch of old coots in rags and a strange leviathan called Mother.

But I think, with the right map, we can find some buried treasure at the heart of Wendy—and the key is found on our heroine’s own shirt.

It reads “Prison Rodeo.”


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