Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
A peculiar film indeed: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by director Tim Burton is all you’ve come to expect by director Tim Burton in the last decade or so. It follows a tim-burton-esque formula that includes bizarre creatures, over-blown mysteries and Eva Green stepping in for the (for some reason) absent Helena Bonham Carter. Still, the film is fun as heck and I’m glad I watched it nevertheless.
During the years, Tim Burton’s talent to tell a story slowly changed (or morphed) into that which puts esthetics in the first place. Why is this so is left open for speculation, but one thing is clear: Burton abandoned classical storytelling in favor of something new, i.e. telling a story trough external factors such as a dim color palette, eccentric apparitions and a same acting cast spanned across several decades.
From here onward it’s clear: either we don’t understand Burton’s genius, or the former Disney animator is slowly losing his touch. I tend to believe it is the former, rather than the latter.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ‘borrows’ heavily from other works, such as Frankenweenie and Edward Scissorhands, while some would argue that here Tim Burton is choosing to quote himself by introducing similar elements to the present storyline. Whichever is true, one is certain: Asa Butterfield is a rising star and kudos for his convincing acting.
The story is as follows: after Jake (played by Asa) founds out from his grandfather’s stories something peculiar about a certain orphanage in Wales, he embarks on a quest to find out what’s going on. He then meets Miss Peregrine who in turn explains some peculiar understandings of Jake himself: namely, he’s a certain kind who holds powers granting him the ability to manipulate time. From there onward, Jake battles the Barron (played by Samuel L. Jackson), who in turn wants to become immortal no matter the cost.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an altogether fun experience, provided you leave your antagonism toward Tim Burton outside the theater. It’s also full with fantastical creatures which employ stylized gothic outsides that, and I must admit, are creative and original enough to differ from previous Burton features of similar theme and tone.
Of course, nothing would have ended up so magical without the creative mind of writer Ransom Rigg, his vision about the so-called antagonists hollowgasts, what they eat and how they behave. This could’ve been visually explored further, but it’s good enough as it is.
All taken in consideration, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children works on both levels - as a movie for adults to find some entertainment and younger folk to enjoy. Yes, it contains all tropes Tim Burton uses and abuses throughout the years, but given recent Hollywood – do you find yourself as having a choice?