23.11.2016 23:16

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Autor: Ješinová Klára | Kurz: English section | Kategorie: Features and other

A typical Burton’s dark fairy tale brings light to the current fimmaking.


Every one of us has felt peculiar at least once in a lifetime. Most of us during the period of childhood, some maybe while growing adults. That feeling when you have no idea about what is your purpose and where you belong. Jake (Asa Butterfield) had felt that way most of his life until he discovered that between heaven and earth, there still exists a mysterious, unexplored and unfathomable world. Thanks to his grandfather’s legacy, he could encounter the most fascinating and terrifying person at the same time - Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) - the protector of the peculiar children.

Directed by Tim Burton (known for his dark, gothic fantasy movies), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is said to be a return to his older form - the most appreciated among his  fans. It is a dark grotesque story, a scary fairy tale full of disturbing monsters, living toys and magic. The movie is set in 2016, although most of the story takes place in 1943, more precisely in a time loop created by Miss Peregrine. Children of different talents, such as air control, a petrifying sight, an ability to compel inanimate things to move etc., live all together happily until evil peculiars start to hunt them down. Jake, as the only one who can see the monsters, shows bravery and courage to protect his friends and fight for them.

The movie stands out for its amazing visual effects, stunning costumes and beautiful surroundings. The main character lives in Florida but the rest of the story takes place on a wooded Welsh island. The storyline itself is very complex. An average film viewer, who has not read a book written by Ransom Riggs on which the movie is based, might get confused, especially in the second part of the movie when things get complicated. On the other hand, every story working with the idea of time travelling and loops contains gaps that can be revealed by an attentive viewer.

As for the actors, I definitely have to mention the excellent performance of Eva Green. Burton’s favourite actress was without any doubts the best choice to portray “scary Marry Poppins” as Burton himself likes to nickname Miss Peregrine’s character. Her sense of elegance, charm and mystery shows the character perfectly -  a woman and a bird in one person. Samuel L. Jackson stars as the biggest villain of the story and surprisingly brings a little relief to the plot with his witty comments. Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell have unexpectedly intense chemistry in the movie considering their young age.

After all the Burton’s master works such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the same quality. Despite the fact that the movie is highly rated,  several scenes and plots seem to be alike the ones in previous movies. This is one of the few negative sides often criticised by fans. In my opinion, this is just the Burton’s style of making movies. It is not possible to avoid repeating.

Although presented as a dark fairy tale, I would not recommend the movie for children under twelve. However, Tim Burton’s new work is definitely worth seeing. For those who enjoy fantasy tales with little bit of horror elements and misunderstood characters, for those who have a necessary insight and are not afraid to unleash their imagination, this movie fits the bill.

Klíčová slova: movie review, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, Tim Burton


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