Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton's latest spooky fairytale has way too much going on

Director Tim Burton likes his films busy: watch a classic like 'Beetlejuice' or 'Batman', and you'll be pushed to find a single frame that isn't packed with background detail, weird creatures, ornate furnishings and intricate costumes. The problem with his new film, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'', is that the script is every bit as busy ­ and it can get pretty confusing.

When Florida teenager Jake (Asa Butterfield) finds his grandpa Abe (Terence Stamp) eyeless and murdered in the woods, he sets off with his Dad (Chris O'Dowd) to seek answers at the mysterious Welsh orphanage where Abe spent his childhood. The building was bombed in 1943, but thanks to a kindly Ymbryne (don't ask) called Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) it still exists within a time-loop as a sanctuary for a gaggle of supernatural kids including weightless Emma (Ella Purnell) and foul-tempered Scottish resurrectionist Enoch (Finlay MacMillan). But life at the home isn't as peaceful as it seems. Dark forces are circling, led by psychotic eye-gobbler Mr Barron (Samuel L Jackson). And then the invisible monsters turn up...

Based on a popular young adult novel (isn't everything these days?), 'Miss Peregrine' is so reliant on backstory that the characters spend significant portions of it just telling each other what's going on. Not that it helps: with numerous time-jumps, face-swapping villains and increasingly complicated rules, the second half is David Lynch-like in its labyrinthine impenetrability.

Which is a shame, because on the rare occasions that it shuts up and gets on with it, 'Miss Peregrine' manages a few pleasingly old-school Burton flourishes: a floating girl; a sunken ghost ship; a Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion skeleton fight. The characters are too numerous to make much impression -­ Green is brittle bordering on irritating as Peregrine, and all O'Dowd gets to do is stomp about and scowl ­- and the action scenes are over too quickly. The effect is like four or five Harry Potter books squeezed into a single movie: it makes precious little sense.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Monday September 26 2016
Duration:
127 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Tim Burton
Screenwriter:
Jane Goldman
Cast:
Asa Butterfield
Eva Green
Samuel L. Jackson

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tastemaker

It doesn't matter whether you're a long-time fan of Tim Burton or only heard of him once before this film; if you're into fantasy,literary adaptations and gothic, then Mrs. Peregrine is the film for you, as it provides the perfect mix of these features. I've read quite a bit of negative reviews about the film, but I was determined in seeing it anyways as Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors (I'm always objective however, even if I like the director). The film was well articulated from a structural and narrative point of view and if you like characters with a back story, you won't be disappointed, as each one of them has a unique story to tell. I must admit, there's even a bit of romance in the film, but it's just a part of it and the characters' quest is what matters the most (generating also a sense of identification in the audience). Also, despite it being a literary adaptation of a three-book series, it has an actual ending, so you could choose whether to watch just the first film or watch the other two as soon as they're going to be released, without being obliged to do so in order to fully understand the story. 

tastemaker

I thoroughly enjoyed 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'. I am like a mad little child when Tim Burton creates a new film. I truly love him as a director and I have to say he has never let me down with his films. It was a shame not to see one of my ultimate favourite actresses of all time Helena Bonham Carter. The first time I found out about Miss Peregrine, I just knew that I couldn't miss it for the world.

You'll know when a film is by one of the most bonkers, inspirational directors of all time. You really need to enter his mind, quite literally when your watching the film. I understood the whole story from beginning to end. There were parts where I can see people finding it quite confusing, but you really need to keep with the pace of the story.

Eva Green as 'Miss Peregrine' is exquisitely magnificent. Her character captivated me in every way. The way she talks, her emotions, her expressions, her poise are incredibly powerful. I was drawn into her character and I believed in everything that she stood for. Her love and attention for the children are completely admirable. The way she carried herself to create such a strong character and a role model for the children were outstanding.

I adored the differentiation, exceptional talent and abilities of each child. The costume design, the overall look and feel to them is quite dark, but at the same time they were the characters that stood out in the story for that same reason.

For me the child that stood out for her beauty, her elegance, her strength, and her naturalistic acting was Ella Purnell.

They all oozed Tim Burton, but she reminded me of 'Big Eyes'. Another brilliant film that I love.

Let's not forget about Samuel L. Jackson who also was exceedingly, terrifyingly fantastic. It gave me the chills. Judi Dench was fascinating with the children.

Experience this whimsical world of Miss Peregrine and her home for the Peculiar Children. The tiny details from the special effects to the costumes are so important.

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As part of my multiplicity of (45th) birthday celebrations we took a family trip to see Miss Peregrine. 


How I wanted to love it - but all in all it just didn't cut it! There are strains of loads of other film franchises here - LOTR, Harry Potter, X Men,  Coraline. 

The film has a real atmosphere and is absorbing but ultimately makes little internal sense and leaves loads of gaps in the plot and is just a bit silly and unconvincing.


I'm not someone who goes to children's films with unrealistic expectations but this just didn't do it for me - the effects and concepts were good but I found myself snidely commenting to myself most of the way through - which is not a good sign.

The most odd thing was the hooded twin characters - who appear to have a death gaze only being unleashed once.


Oh and don't get me started on the race issue! Which my 12 year old daughter called out without any prompting. This is a fanstasy film - anything is possible - so casting could be really bold! What do we get - an entirely white cast apart from Samuel L Jackson as the evil baddie! REALLY?


I'll stop as you probably get the picture!