Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children seemed promising, as if it was the movie Tim Burton was born to make. However, there was one teensy problem with it: the plot was weak. Okay, maybe that's not so teensy. It was actually a big problem because the film ran for 2 hours, 7 minutes and it could have been reduced by 20 minutes.
The part that dragged out the most was the lead-up to Jake (Asa Butterfield) finding the home. It felt like it took an hour for that to play out but it was really only 20 or 30 minutes. Once he found it, however, that's when things started to get interesting. I say "started to" because the film could just never find its groove. The logic and reasoning behind some of the plot points was lacking. Granted, I never read the books so I'm not sure what was accurate and what wasn't. Maybe it isn't the screenwriter's fault or Burton's fault at all.
There were some good parts about the movie, though. Visually, the film was stunning. The acting was mediocre at best with the exception of Eva Green, Dame Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson. Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell did their best, but to be fair they haven't been in a lot and don't have much experience. Perhaps in a few years they'll be better. The other good parts of the film were the fight sequences, the peculiarities, and the blossoming love story. Unfortunately, there's never enough of what you want to see and too much of what you don't want to see.
In conclusion, I have to say I am disappointed in the film. Maybe I'm just used to Tim Burton's usual dark but weirdly comical style. Maybe it's the fact that Jake's father could win the Laziest Father of the Year award. Maybe it was because you didn't get to see much of the peculiarities. Maybe it's because Samuel L. Jackson and Judi Dench's roles were over too quickly. Maybe it's all of the above. Either way, the film is rather mediocre and I rate it a total of 2 out of 4.
© 2016 Alec Zander