Now, I'm not saying this will be the best picture of the year. There are likely more meaningful or powerful or original films out there now or still yet to come. But, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. There's just something enthralling about this film. And, no, it wasn't just because of Johnny Depp's presence. ;) Though it goes without saying that he is the rare actor that seems to get better with every film he makes.
While I feel the film was well written, the performances are really what make it work. There are so many possibilities for Oscar nominations - Johnny Depp, Julie Christie, and the kid who plays Peter, the inspiration for Peter Pan. Sadly, I fear these performances may be too low key for Academy voters who tend to look for flash over finesse. (On a side note, this is the second film in a row I've seen with Dustin Hoffman in a supporting role and thoroughly enjoyed his performance. His role here may not have been incredibly challenging, he provided some of the films funniest moments.)
To sum up, I laughed, I cried, I'd see it again in a minute. Get thee to a theatre when it opens.