David Oyelowo Reimagines 2 Classic Children’s Tales in New Film

Jordan A. Nash stars as Peter and David Oyelowo as his father Jack Littleton in Come Away, a Relativity Media release. (Photo credit: Alex Bailey / © Maginot Line, LLC 2020)

By Christal Jordan | November 12, 2020 | Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland are two of the many cult fairy tales that excluded children of color. During this age of reboots, actors David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie teamed up with director Brenda Chapman and writer Marissa Kate Goodhill to retell both of those stories with the fantasy-driven family film Come Away. Unlike the original stories, Come Away meshes the stories together, making Alice and Peter siblings dealing with a familial loss that results in both using their imaginations to heal their family.

Come Away is a rich fairy tale that’s reminiscent of two stories we learned in childhood, but the obvious difference is that it felt inclusive. The cast is beautifully diverse without the feeling that diversity was a focal point. Was that subtleness intentional?

One of the themes of the film is embracing childhood and allowing children to maintain their innocence in the midst of real adult issues. What a great time for a film like this with everything children have been exposed to in 2020. How important is the message of protecting childhood?

Come Away is slated for release in theaters and on video on demand Friday, Nov. 13.

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