Sunday, 9 October 2016

Miss Peregrine's School for Gifted Youngster

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Filmgoers have endured such a punishing amount of Young Adult adaptations this past decade, this is not fair. If you've ever wondered what Tim Burton's X-Men would look like, here's your chance. For not only does this film come from Fox: the studio that owns Marvel's mighty mutants and is written by Jane Goldman who was responsible for one of the best film in the franchise. 

Characters are dark, they're wickedly funny, they're twisted and they're right up Burton's Beetlejuice Boulevard. Unfortunately, the children I was the most intrigued by were the ones with the least screen time and that was disappointing. Moreover, my major issue with this film is the main character, not Asa Butterfield himself, but Jake. He's mostly boring, he spends the entire film walking around asking questions and waiting someone will explain something to him. THANK GOD, then, for the wonderful Eva Green. Don't be fooled, she doesn't show up for the first half hour and then flips in and out but when she is on-screen, it's a delight. Riggs may have imagined her, but she has clearly become a Burton creation. 

Tim Burton is a director I miss, he made some films that I loved, some I liked and others... The script is the secret ingredient that makes the movie such an appropriate fit for Burton's peculiar sensibility. This movie is everything of all the great Tim Burton's flair: amazing production design, brilliant visuals, everything sounds and looks amazing. Though, I do want to manage expectations. The plot is extremely predictable and the third act's action set-pieces seem to go on forever. This is the director in reserved mode, he's holding back and only goes full Burton in the character's establishment. 

Perhaps it's a little bit too familiar for those of you who've been following Burton since the beginning as he repeats more than he innovates this time around. However, for younger audiences, the film makes a terrific introduction to his forever-Halloween-aesthetic.

Overall, this film is never as dark, funny nor peculiar as you'd expect from Tim Burton. I hope producers know that not every film needs to grow up into a franchise, sometimes it's best to let them live in their own isolated world.

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