A young boy discovers a home for children with bizarre abilities
and defends the children from a group of dangerous creatures.
Miss Peregrine's Home
It's no secret that Tim Burton is in dire need of a comeback. It's been a very long time since he's made a film on par with Beetlejuice or Sleepy Hollow, and his recent endeavors have certainly left longtime fans wanting more. That's why I felt really good about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It seemed like a story tailor made for the king of weird. The finished product may not be his finest work, but it is considerably better than Dark Shadows and in the end, isn't that what matters the most?
The cast is stellar, even if their characters are awfully one-dimensional. Eva Green deserved a lot more development, as her performance as Miss Peregrine was fantastic. Asa Butterfield felt like he was reading cue cards. I never believed his performance for a second. I absolutely loved Sam Jackson as the evil and freaky looking Mr. Barron, who was a solid villain. Though being billed as a kids movie, there is a lot of horror throughout the film. Barron's monsters, the Hollows, are the Slenderman on steroids. These things are tall, pale white with sharp teeth and tentacles. Also, they rip out peoples' eyes and eat them. These things are the stuff of nightmares.
Despite this film being a less interesting WWII-era X-Men rip-off, I did enjoy it for the most part. It's a neat premise that's well-executed in typical Burton fashion. Unfortunately, it all starts to unravel once they start trying to explain how the time travel element works. The time loops are confusing as hell and really start to ruin the movie. While Tim Burton has a lot of crappy remakes to make up for, this film is a step in the right direction of a comeback. Here's hoping his next film is far more fan-pleasing.