“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Review

2 October, 2016

Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: Jane Goldman
Director of Photography: Bruno Delbonnel
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson

Synopsis: Upon the tragic death of his grandfather, a teenage boy discovers a magical world locked inside a time loop. Immediately taken under the wing of a kind housekeeper and a group of gifted orphans, the boy finds himself drawn to danger as a clan of selfish yet gifted enemies decide to feed off the powers of the good in order to become immortal.


Miss Peregrine Review:

Based on yet another dark fantasy novel stolen from Tim Burton’s local library, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a tale for (almost) all of the family. Undoubtedly a peculiar film about peculiar characters, this particular adaptation relies heavily on the appeal of its extraordinary set-up and, while the movie doesn’t feature the standard Burton Gothicism, it is yet another gloomy entry in the director’s filmography. Set in a fictional universe in which a magical subculture are haunted by a group of eye-munching slendermen, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a nuanced film that effortlessly lures viewers under its spell.

Made for those who can still fondly recall the fantastical bedtime stories told by their grandparents, the type of kids who grew up reading “Harry Potter” under the covers after dark, “Miss Peregrine” clings desperately to the quirks of its genre and the story takes many liberties with its plotting, often allowing convenience to outweigh logic. The film quickly skips past the awfulness of its introduction as it opens the door to a world of unadulterated magical fun. The traits of each character often take precedence over the tumbling narrative though as it plods from each plot point like a streetcar slowly rattling from one destination to the next.

While the remaining dregs of Samuel L. Jackson’s once shining career crash and burn with his frankly ridiculous portrayal of the villainous ‘Barron,’ Eva Green effortlessly shines as the quirky housemistress in charge of a gaggle of gifted children, particularly as her character meshes seamlessly with the alluring quirks that we have already come to expect from the actress herself. That being said, Ella Purnell is the surprising standout in a predominately British-led movie and she outshines young star Asa Butterfield whose bad acting reaches a whole new level in this movie. If only Freddie Highmore were still young enough to play a role like this. He would’ve been a perfect choice.

 

         

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