Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was an interesting movie and I mean that in a good way. Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) runs a home for...you guessed it...peculiar children. Tim Burton brings all his visual mastery to this new adventure.
The beginning of this movie was a lot of world setup, which was fine in this case because it is such a strange world. Who is Miss Peregrine? What are the children's peculiarities (abilities)? And why is it important to the main character? I liked learning about what these peculiarities were and it was interesting to see the lifestyle that was created within the home. The setup probably took about 45 minutes or so but it is such a strange world, so it kept me entertained. Though it was hard not to draw comparisons to Professor X and the X-men, this didn't hurt the movie in anyway. If anything I think this helped, as it provided a twist to what I was used to seeing.
When the main character, Jacob (Asa Butterfield), discovers a great danger coming for the home, the story really ramps up and delivers an action filled fantasy adventure. Yes, I'm aware of how many genres I fit in there. There are certain fight sequences (specifically towards the end) that I had a lot of fun with because the peculiarities were used in fun, creative ways that I didn't expect.
Overall I enjoyed this movie but I was not blown away or overly thrilled. It was fun and very clever for most of the movie, but I never really felt worried or concerned that the main character wouldn't triumph in the end. Additionally, some of the peculiar children could have used a lot more development. This is why I give Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children a B-.