Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Genre:Fantasy, Adventure

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Rupert Everett

IMDb: 7.3 of 4,300+ (Fair to start out, but  a bit too high.)

Rotten Tomatoes: 63% 5.9/10 (Too low, but close) 66% audiences enjoyed it.
Basic story:

The young Jake finds himself in the search for answers at a imaginative home for peculiar children run by the quirky Miss Peregrine. What mysteries will unfold within and beyond?

What I Didn’t Like:

I have to say that my biggest problem with this film was the protagonist. Especially in the first half of the film, Butterfield was terrible.  His acting was wooden and awkward, nothing he said was believable. (He couldn’t even fall down and get concussed in a believable fashion.)  His character was also very boring considering this film had many much more interesting characters than him. (This movie may or may not have featured rejected X-Men from Xavier’s School for Gifted youngsters. Just kidding, Xavier would never displace a young mutant without good reason.)

The acting in this movie ranged from awkward, to terrible, to quite good. When it wasn’t great, it really hurt the film.

As is the issue with many films inspired by books, this movie left a lot of information out. We wound up with most of the info, but clearly a few things were left out that could have made me understand certain aspects of the film better.

The ending gets a bit confusing, they are jumping around to certain places and settings and timelines and just need to stop. Too many things happening too fast.

There is also a moment in this film that felt almost out of place for this movie. (Jason and the Argonauts style). It was a fun scene, but considering most of the movie, it didn’t fit.

I have to say, I don’t feel the actors in this film synced well with Mr. Burton’s directing style. It felt like they came together on this movie and forced themselves through it. Unable to really feel what the other one was going for. The film feels off from that standpoint, particularly in the first half.

Some things were left too open ended when the movie concludes.  I left slightly confused about several things.

What I Did Like

As with most Burton films, the set designs, clothing, landscapes were beautiful. The cinematography  crafted masterfully.

The musical score stood out, it was eerie and beautiful at the same time. (It wasn’t Elfman this time, but it sounded similar.) I have always loved Burton’s ability to paint new imaginative worlds with a dark presence lurking somewhere with them.  That plays to his strengths in this film. I found myself in awe of the quality of the film’s production. The sounds, the sights, the little details all finely tuned.  It was the glaring issues of the actors and scrunched story which made it suffer.

This film was very peculiar in a lot of ways. Sometimes, I was shocked how strange things got (Eyeballs= Andrew shiver).  I respect a film that can take me out of my comfort zone and this did that.

The film was interesting and entertaining though at times it did drag and take forever to get to one moment to the next.  The lack of smooth transitions again hobbled the film, but I didn’t hate it.

Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Green were quite good in their roles. (I wanted more of them and less Butterfield honestly.) I found Jackson to be especially animated and creepy looking.  I wish I understood a bit more about that character, but I could appreciate how he did things in this film.

Conclusion:

This Tim Burton film is beautiful on so many levels I can appreciate, it was entertaining, and bizarre.  However, some of the clunky acting, especially in the beginning hurt this film. Add in a lot of details missing and a couple strange tone changes and some unanswered questions near the end.. (Including a waste of one character I won’t mention because spoilers.)  I think this is an entertaining movie that maybe is better suited at matinee price or even streaming.

The Ladder (Tim Burton Films) 

Edward Scissorhands

Batman

Beetlejuice

Big Fish

Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Batman Returns

Sleepy Hollow

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Big Eyes

Mars Attacks

Frankenweenie

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Alice in Wonderland

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Corpse Bride

Ed Wood

Dark Shadows

Planet of the Apes

 

 

 

 

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