FILM REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Although Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children may have some similarities to the home of Charles Xavier and the X-men, Tim Burton’s latest feature film is definitely a superhero film.

Okay the protagonists may have “super powers” and they do appear to be in some form of danger, but I think it is unfair to say the film is Burton’s take on the Marvel Super group.

In true Burton fashion the film is laced with dark brooding gothic tones and has a very steampunk vibe to it. It could even be considered a satire of the man himself as their are several nods to his previous works – Edward Scissorhands and Frankenweenie being the obvious one.

The journey begins with the strange circumstances around which Jake’s (Asa Butterfield) grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp) and so beings the quest to find Miss Peregrine (Eva Green).

This search takes him to Wales, where he finds a time loop that takes him from 2016 to 1943 – don’t try and make logic of the time travel process you’ll be there for years – and discovers a school populated by “peculiars.”

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As Jake spends more time with the group – which include a girl who is lighter than air, an invisible man and a young girl with superhuman strength – it becomes clear that Jake himself is peculiar.

His peculiarity is he can see the Hollowgasts – a creature which looks to eliminate all peculiars, and a word not a million miles removed from holocaust – where as no one else can.

As Miss Peregrine is taken by the evil Mr Barron – Samuel L Jackson who is arguably the show stealer of this film with his quick whit – it is down to Jake to instil the bravery into the children that they need to survive.

Even thought Miss Peregrine is in the title of the film, it is the children that really drive this Burton feature – one which shockingly doesn’t include Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter or a Danny Elfman score.

sam-l-jackThe romance between Jake and lighter-than-air Emma (Ella Purnell) leaves a lot to be desired, but the mystery behind the twins (Joseph and Thomas Odwell), the ease Bronwyn (Pixie Davies) moves objects and Enoch’s (Finlay MacMillan) grumpiness and ability which really keeps the audience fixed on the scene.

After a few films that some fans may consider a bit hit or miss, Miss Peregrine is Burton back to his bizarre and wacky best, and this clearly comes across from the enjoyment of those performing in it.

JUST AN INSIGHT SCORE: 8/10

 

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