Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson
I walked into Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children without any real expectations, I never read the books or anything like that. For what I got though, I was pretty thoroughly entertained.
It has a lot of a similar kind of whimsy and world-building that makes the first couple of Harry Potter movies appealing, while incorporating enough of Tim Burton’s distinguished style to make it stand out. It also had a very iconic performance from Eva Green as Miss Peregrine and decent performances from the rest of the cast, plus a hilarious over-the-top performance by Samuel L Jackson as the villain.
The special effects were definitely something of note. All of them were at least good, with moments of greatness sprinkled in, as Burton opted to do some bits in stop motion and other old-school techniques. In the CG scenes, however, a lot of the actors seemed to not really be interacting with the CG objects and characters, it’s odd, but nothing to get too upset over.
Something all YA book adaptations seem to have, is an insistence of keeping as many of the characters from the book as possible. This film is no exception, although I would argue that some of the characters could have either been left out or put even more in the background, as there were some who just had nothing to do for the whole film, but got screen time anyway. Again, nothing to get upset over, just something that bothers me. Overall I was actually quite impressed how un-crowded the film felt, especially while comparing to A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), which had a similar tone and feel, but was ruined by trying to cram 3 books into a single film.
Overall it’s a good time for old ages. Would recommend 👍🏻, especially for fans of Harry Potter, Narnia, A Series of Unfortunate events and Tim Burton Fans. (Books and Movies)