I have been waiting for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to come out for a while. A friend that is a huge fan of the books told me I should read them pronto! and that there would be a film released soonish. I just so happen to be home visiting and was able to catch the first showing at the local theater with Jon Berk and his daughter. It was fun! I give this film the rating: Not quite golden, Ponyboy.
Peregrine’s Home was well received by Berk Reviews
After his grandfather passes, Jake tries to decipher the cryptic message he was left. He travels from his home in Florida to a British Island to learn more about his grandfather and to lay the fanciful stories he grew up with to rest. He gets more adventure than he bargains for.
What initially sold me on this movie was Eva Green playing the title role. I am a fan of the now cancelled (sad!!) show Penny Dreadful and I loved her work in it. She is an intense and charismatic actress and that carried over so well into this movie. I am not sure how much other work she has done but I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her filmography
I was a little apprehensive going into the movie once I found out that Tim Burton directed it. When I was younger Burton was my favorite director. He lost me after 2003’s Big Fish, not only his finest film but in my opinion one of the best ever made. It can be hard to follow something like that!
Rise and Fall of Time Burton
His storytelling has become lackluster and taken a backseat to his visual aesthetic. While I know many directors will work with members of cast and crew multiple times, Burton became predictable. I grew extremely tired of seeing (or hearing!) Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in his movies. As far as the music, it was refreshing that he worked with a different composer in Miss Peregrine. Danny Elfman is gifted and I enjoyed so many of their collaborations but again their partnership made the films seem too routine, too familiar.
With Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children there are enough visual reminders that we are watching a Burton film without being in your face about it. There was topiary in a garden and a doll that both conjured memories of Edward Scissorhands. It was creepy enough without going overboard. I feel like this movie is a return to form. His storytelling was far better.
Is the book better?
I haven’t gotten too far in the book; only seventy pages or so. Of course there are some changes made but at this point I am not sure how much it actually impacts the story. I do enjoy that Burton
If you are looking for an imaginative film with interesting that would appeal to the whole family, I suggest seeing this one! I definitely think this is a good movie to catch while it is still in theaters- the big screen makes it immersive.