Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - 2016Mini Review
Director Tim Burton gives the film story a luxurious first section, with a slowly accumulating series of events and odd characters that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a brief shot at matching the kind of imaginative alternative-world feel of the mid-series Harry Potter films. Eva Green as Miss Peregrine and Asa Butterfield as Jake carry the story and their characters forward meticulously and are thoroughly enjoyable as the odd world they live in is being fleshed out. But then it appears someone in the production panicked about the pace of the film and how much of the novel (apparently) had yet to be stuffed into the movie, and suddenly the tale jerks into a faster and faster pace and starts to move along like a thoughtless TV-movie, though one with a feature film CGI budget. The blow-out climax and denoument probably makes sense to readers of the novel, but for me it became a dense and opaque mess, and frankly nap-inducing. Simply put, toward the end the actors seem to be doing things that have no particular context (maybe the book makes this easier to parse, but of course shouldn't be required to understand a film). The last minutes of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is muddled and subservient to visual effects that are piled one on top of another.
Guide: Brief moments of common PG-13 profanity. Monster creatures eat human eyeballs. Possible tension for younger kids.
Would watch again? Maybe, to examine the expert art direction and first half visuals, but with the knowledge the film gets frustratingly derailed later.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Released September 30, 2016. Directed by Tim Burton
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