A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.
|Title||:||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children|
|Release Date||:||September 28, 2016|
|Genres||:||Drama, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Production Co.||:||Ingenious Media, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Chernin Entertainment, Tim Burton Productions, Big Screen Productions, Scope Pictures, TSG Entertainment, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Tim Burton, Lizzie Pritchard|
|Writers||:||Ransom Riggs, Jane Goldman|
|Casts||:||Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Milo Parker, Cameron King, Finlay MacMillan, Callum Wilson, Kim Dickens, Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Georgia Pemberton, Raffiella Chapman, Hayden Keller-Stone, Joseph Odwelll, Thomas Odwell, Louis Davison, Jack Brady, Philip Philmar, Scott Handy, Helen Day, Aiden Flowers, Nicholas Oteri, O-Lan Jones, Ella Wahlestedt, Cameron Greco, Dino Fazzani, Justin Davies, Brooke Jaye Taylor, Jennifer Jarackas, George Vricos, Shaun Thomas, Dafydd Hywel, Ioan Hefin, Andrew Fibkins, Jack Fibkins, Badria Timimi, Jill Buchanan, Erik Lunseth, Jason Redshaw, Joanne Manchester, Vic Waghorn, Terry Li, Julie Eagleton, Neil Broome, Tim Burton|
|Plot Keywords||:||time travel, orphan, superpower|
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Reviews
- Could've been a great film. Despite some intriguing story elements and a promising first act, it sadly ends up being OK.by 2 October 2016on
134 out of 175 people found the following review useful:
Just to clarify one thing: I don't hate Tim Burton at all. In fact, I kinda love his work. He has a very unique and imaginative vision, seems to have a tasteful choice for actors (besides Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and can really pour his heart and soul in some of his films like "Edward Scissorhands", "Corpse Bride", and "The Nightmare Before Christmas". But, just like any director, he has his missteps also. Some of his recent work is very lackluster and, at times, flat-out bad (Planet of the... BLAHK!).
But I was still excited for this particular project of his. I haven't read the book, or knew much about it, but when I saw the trailer I got my hopes up. Maybe this will be his big comeback! Asa Butterfield is an actor I like, the imagery is appropriately dream- like and the source material seems to fit his style perfectly. It even has the screenwriter from X-Men: First Class!
So I went to see the film with a few of my friends in a theater of around 15 people and 25-30 recliner seats. I couldn't wait to see another great Tim Burton movie!
And for the first half of the film... I genuinely enjoyed it! Sure, it does take some time for Jacob to reach Peregrine's home, but once he does... I couldn't help but smile like an idiot. The world that Jacob enters is fascinating, the visuals are exceptional, and every one of the peculiar kids are very interesting side- characters. I wanted to learn more about the girl that could lift boulders over her head! There is also this kid that can project his dreams into film... how cool! The first act always left me with questions that I was excited to hear about when the plot kicks in.
And then the plot kicks in...
That is where the movie starts to run out of steam.
I could tell there were a lot of story elements in the book just from watching the movie, because in the second half a lot of it felt crammed in. Whenever I try to follow the story as best as I can, there's always this one subplot that makes precious little sense. It also doesn't help that the villain is weak and his motivations are somewhat vague.
The climax is pretty abrupt and Burton sadly delves into a few clichés that aggravate me. A lot of it felt by-the-numbers at that time, and I was sorely disappointed.
That's not to say that this was a bad film, because it isn't. The acting (especially from Eva Green) is competent, the whole film is imaginative in its story and visuals, and somewhere buried beneath lies a great film with lots of creative ideas and appealing whimsy. But the plot is messy, the main character is bland, the pacing is at times uneven and, in the end, it's just another average YA adaptation that had loads of potential.
+ Visuals + Well-cast, especially for Eva Green + Imaginative + Sense of wonder in the first act + Solid directing + Interesting side characters
- Villain - The hero is underdeveloped - Plot is messy - Pacing is uneven - Unconvincing love chemistry
- Whatever happened to Tim Burton?!by 2 October 2016on
107 out of 160 people found the following review useful:
Tim Burton strikes me as a pretty peculiar man so he was the right fit for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, a film based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Burton has disappointed me recently and I haven't really enjoyed one of his films since Sleepy Hollow back in 1999.
Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) is a boy who doesn't really have anyone close to him, except for his grandfather. When tragedy strikes at home and Jake is left feeling more alone than ever, he goes on a journey to Wales to find out if there was any truth to the fairy tales he was told by his grandfather as a child.
Stumbling across Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, that his grandfather visited regularly when fighting in the war, Jake soon meets its inhabitants and Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) herself. Hearing her speak of the danger the the children could be in, Jake makes a connection between that danger and the cause of the tragedy at home.
This is very much a family film however, where I think it will lose both adult and child audience members is the fact that it really is quite a boring story told in such a dull way. Tim Burton has made fantasy films before but there is no sense of awe or wonder as there was in something like Edward Scissorhands.
The screenplay from Jane Goldman is massively disappointing considering the work she's done on the likes of Kick-Ass and Kingsman in recent years. I enjoyed some of the film but for large parts I was bored thanks to some incredibly drab characters.
The film certainly has a visual appeal but even that was ruined by a final act that descended into utter stupidity. Up until then, I thought the effects were really quite good. Then came the moment a crew of skeletons fend off the enemy creatures from the children. All I will say is that the skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts looked better.
Coming to the performances, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children makes a massive error in having Asa Butterfield in the lead role. He hasn't done much of note in his career so far and I just found him so bland in this film. Samuel L. Jackson's villainous turn is just laughable but the film's biggest crime was not having enough Eva Green, an actress who would have done the film a massive favour.
The use of time travel is something that hindered the film for me as well. Events towards the end don't get explained very well at all, leading to utter confusion as the film drew to a close. I'm sure I won't be the only one who thought so. Overall, this is just a totally forgettable film from Tim Burton.
- Tim Burton's X-Menby 2 October 2016on
82 out of 114 people found the following review useful:
Tim Burton has tackled almost all of the genre's, and done most of them very well. So who doesn't want to see him go back to his adventure-fantasy comfort zone with Miss Peregrine?
It's billed as Tim Burton's X-Men, and I like that comparison a lot. It definitely has certain similarities to a mutant story, but with Burton's flare for obscurity and peculiarity. Let me start off by saying that I really liked the premise and set up. Not only are the characters similar to X-Men, but the story slightly resembled Days of Future Past. I love the time travel elements and links to World War II. But the rest of the film just didn't live up to the promise of the trailers.
As delightful as some of Burton's films can be, I find the unevenness to be one of his biggest detractors of his otherwise intriguing ideas. For some reason, the second half of his films don't have the same cohesiveness that the opening's do. With Miss Peregrine, we are set up with a much more grounded take to a heightened story than I thought. You certainly get to see the impressive and outright strange abilities of the young children, but it isn't taken into any extraordinary levels, until later. The second half is flooded with ridiculous and over-the-top 'peculiarities'. That's would be all fine and dandy if the first half didn't set up an already intriguing story without all of the added strangeness.
As for the performances, Eva Green is the only one that really stood out here. She seems like a perfect fit into a Burton-esque drama. Her line delivery and presence just speaks Burton. She's also the only character that kept my attention from beginning till end. Sadly, she's not really in it all that much, even with the title having her name. We mostly focus on Asa Butterfield's 'Jake' and Ella Burnell's 'Emma'. Of course, there is some romantic tension, but it never leaves the constructs of a typical teen angst drama. I just didn't buy into it.
There's a ton of cool things about this movie, but by the time I left the theater the whole idea just felt tiresome. But with all this said, I would still be open to another entry in the series, just include Eva Green a little more and don't fall into clichés, Burton. You're better than that.
+Eva Green is perfect
-First and second half are completely different films
-Romantic chemistry was hard to buy into
- Very different from the books and just a major disappointmentby 2 October 2016on
104 out of 164 people found the following review useful:
My daughter and I had read the books. Fans will be disappointed because the film deviates from the original story so much, it is surprising this is called an adaptation. The peculiar children as an example were not all portrayed as written and some were even missing. My daughter kept asking why this child or that child were not there? Miss Peregrine is also not portrayed as she was in the book. I could go on and on.
Acting fell very flat and characters were void of emotion except for one scene where Miss Peregrine shows sadness. Jake in the book is humorous and sarcastic but also had some serious feelings to contend with about tough choices. Absolutely none of this was translated to film.
The ending was confusing, entire story rushed, and anti-climatic.
Also, for 3D lovers, there is almost no 3D effects. There are some at the very beginning which were great, but then the rest was like watching a regular 2D film!
Save your money for the DVD or Netflix!
- I enjoyed the movieby 12 October 2016on
51 out of 80 people found the following review useful:
I am not very familiar with Tim Burton's work (only watched a handful of his movies), neither have I read the book, so I will review this movie as it is, without comparing it to the usual craftsmanship of Mr. Burton nor the characters or events as depicted in the source material.
I found the movie entertaining, and at no point did I wonder "How long more is this going to be?" Any movie that never prompts me to ask this question automatically gets a 6 out of 10.
Many reviews mentioned about huge plot holes in the movie, but I never really understood what the plot holes were that make this a terrible movie. I thought the story was quite easy to follow, even with all the time loops, and makes sense in the make-believe world that we are watching. I usually have trouble making sense of time- travel stories, so the ability to simplify complicated concepts and making it easy to understand for me deserves another star for intelligence. Though probably it wasn't easy enough for a seven year-old to comprehend.
I also thought the soundtrack was quite good, I actually stayed till the credits finished rolling to enjoy the music. This, along with the camera work, gets another star to make it 8 out of 10.
To be honest, if the voting score is in increment of 0.5, I would be more inclined to vote it 7.5 out of 10. I don't expect character development for all the "peculiar children" in a movie like this (that would perhaps be more fitting for a drama series), but the acting can be improved. Eva Green has the best "on-screen presence", but she doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the movie, so a bit of patience is necessary. Also I found the editing a bit too abrupt at some points, but that's about all the complaints I have.
I am quite satisfied with the movie, considering the amount of bad reviews I have been exposed to. :)
- When did Tim Burton decide to abandon story telling?by 12 October 2016on
38 out of 55 people found the following review useful:
It's official. For a number of years now it's been suspected that Tim Burton had lost his love for story telling and this film just confirms it. There exists no story whatsoever in this film, which is an achievement considering it is based on a best selling novel with a coherent story. For me this film was made just so Burton could live out his fantasy of recreating Ray Harryhousen's famous stop motion skeletons. Which he does badly, and to an odd ambient trance soundtrack so out of place it made the Mad Hatter disco dance in his awful Alice film look like art. The acting is awful considering the talent at his disposal, the exposition is so clunky and the dialogue so stilted I feel sorry for the actors. You can really tell Burton just didn't give a rats ass about giving any direction to them. Which would have made sense had the visuals been fantastic, but no, they were clichéd, old and tired. Tim, please, retire with whatever dignity you have left. I felt like I needed a shower after this film.
- Bizarre, Wild and Fantasticby 25 September 2016on
62 out of 103 people found the following review useful:
The story is about Jake who stumbles upon an orphanage where there are beings with extraordinary gifts. He meets Miss Peregrine, who invites him to be a part of the family. Burton delivers a breathtaking movie, with gorgeous visuals. As he brings a fairy tale to the silver screen. At the end, I found myself unable to stand, As "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" tuggs on all the right strings and plays a nearly perfect symphony. What stands out in this particular orchestra is the soundtrack, As it breaths life into the story.
As for the acting, Eva Green is perfectly cast as she plays an estranged and peculiar mother figure. This is a Burton classic, if you aren't a fan of his style, it's best to steer clear. The story is based on the novel Ransom Riggs published in 2011. With Jane Goldman's polishing touch, Burton crafts a mesmerizing adventure.
- Tim Burton classicby 28 September 2016on
109 out of 199 people found the following review useful:
Tim Burton does it again - he manages to create with passion and imagination a whole new world, for those of us who need new worlds. Thus if you love fantasy and dreams made serious and scary go see it in 3d because it's great. If you are more of an adult than the child within and you like films with linear plot and logic and exhaustive explanations you probably won't become a fan and that's OK too. Just don't rate it low just because it's not your type, a movie should be rated for what it was meant to be and for what the team behind it tried to accomplish. Watch the trailer, if you like it you'll probably love the film. It's worth mentioning that it is quite dark and scary so it's not for every child.
- And a mint for you.....by 30 October 2016on
23 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
After a family tragedy, a boy named Jake follows a series of clues that lead him to a mysterious orphanage on a remote Welsh island.
There, he discovers a community of children with unusual abilities, and learns he is destined to protect them......
Burton has a distinct eye for his wonderfully steam punk/Gothic tastes when it comes to making a film, so this should have been a match made in heaven when this landed on his desk.
But apart from the wonderfully odd characters that roam the world of Burton, this falls flat, and sadly it fails miserably.
Butterfield must think he has a curse on him because with Enders Game and this, he's a franchise killer. It looks wonderful, but special effects alone do not make a film, and why does O' Dowd have to have an American accent? I haven't read the source material, but surely they could have tweaked something somewhere.
I was expecting something beyond the bizarre, harking back to the like of Beetlejuice with a hint of Barker via Nightbreed, but instead I got a mix of The Golden Compass and A Series Of Unfortunate Events: At Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
And because I'm so used to seeing Burton Regulars I couldn't help but keep comparing Green to Bonham-Carter (even though she is wonderful), and Depp in the Jackson role, because we all know by now, Burton brings the best out in Depp.
I will go back to it one day, I may change my opinion, but for now, it's one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me.
- In shockby 12 October 2016on
19 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
I don't want to come across as that typical book reader that expects the book and the film to be the exact same. Adaptions, I understand, are necessary at times. However, this movie was so unoriginal from the book it felt uncomfortable watching it. I felt angry, disgusted and humiliated. Mrs peregrine- although Ava green acted so well that is NOT what Mrs peregrine behaved like in the book, think of her similar to professor McGonagall. And Emma, where to begin? Again the Ella purnell acted well but seriously? Emma and the rest of the peculiars did not come to collect Jake because Mrs peregrine asked her to??? Emma ran away from Jake, was very hostile and dragged him to the peculiar kingdom for questioning. She then broke down when she heard the news of her grandfather. None of that happened. And her power of air? Emma wasn't as half short tempered as she was in the book. There are so many things wrong with this movie it's hard to cover it all. I was very offended at how the hollow gasts were portrayed and how comic Samuel L Jackson played Barron. He was the wrong guy for the role. I was not scared of the hollows in the film. They looked like weird out of shape monsters..and the ending? No comment.
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