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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is directed by Tim Burton, and it stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, and Terence Stamp. It is based on the Young-Adult novel by the same name. When Jake discovers that many of the stories his grandfather told him were true, he sets in motion a chain of very dangerous events. With a group of other “peculiar” children, he must face the dangers and try to survive against the odds.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a decent film. I have not read the books, so I can’t compare it to those. However, when you compare it to other YA books and films, it doesn’t necessarily stand out from the pack. I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s, but it never really reached that next level that makes you want to watch over and over again.
Not much happened in the first half of the film. It was filled to the brim with all sorts of backstories and exposition. It was interesting enough, but it didn’t really get your blood pumping. Due to the slow first half, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children feels much longer than it actually is. At some points, you might be looking at your watch and questioning how much longer the film is going to be.
The biggest negative with this film is its mediocrity. There is nothing about this film that makes it unique. It feels like any other film of the genre, and it fails to make its mark. Miss Peregrine’s is the type of film that you would only find on a Google searched list of recent Young Adult fantasy movies. It won’t make any top ten lists, nor will you hear people raving about how much they loved it.
The actors in this film all did a pretty good job. They gave the performances that you would expect out of this film. None of them really knocked it out of the park, but nobody gave a bad performance. Much like the film, nobody stood out. Samuel L. Jackson was Samuel L. Jackson. He had the sarcastic quips that he brings to every character, and he’s entertaining to watch. However, he isn’t in the film nearly enough for it to elevate the experience. There were moments in this film that it was painfully obvious that this were actors pretending to be other people, which really takes you out of it. Some of the people don’t really fit into their characters very well and it can be distracting.
Oddly enough, this doesn’t really feel like a Tim Burton film. He directed it, but you can’t really tell. It feels like they could have just gotten any lesser known director attached to this, and they would’ve gotten the exact same result. Aside from the dreary color scheme, there is almost nothing in this film that screams Tim Burton.
This is by no means a bad film. In fact, I actually can say I enjoyed it. The plot was interesting enough, it was a little funny at times, and it did have some surprising moments. There just isn’t anything in this film that elevates it to that next level. In a way, it reminds me of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. It’s a decently entertaining film, but it’s not going to be one of your favorites. It’s one of those movies that you see, and then just forget about.
If you’re a fan of these kinds of Young-Adult fantasy films, then you’ll probably really like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I would definitely recommend it to you. But, if you aren’t a huge fan, you can take a pass on this one and not miss anything. It’s not going to be one of Tim Burton’s best by any means. Personally, I enjoyed it, just not a lot.
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