Great visuals, music, and directing.
Jake (Asa Butterfield) has grown up believing his grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp) was a little crazy. However, after Abe’s sudden and bizarre death, Jake is beginning to wonder if Abe might actually be sane after all. After his psychologist, Dr. Goland (Allison Janney) suggests that time away might be good for Jake, he and his father (Chris O’Dowd) decide to visit one of the islands his grandfather spent quite a lot of time at. Soon, stories his grandfather told him as a child come back to him, and when he meets Emma (Ella Purnell) who brings him to Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), things get a little more real. Also in this is Samuel Jackson as Barron, and Judi Dench as Miss Avocet. Directed by Tim Burton.
As with anything Burton creates, this is a magical film with a dark finish. Like Alice in Wonderland (2010), Burton has created an adult version of a children’s fairy tale story. If I was a kid, I would definitely be freaked out by Burton’s films, even though the story is targeted towards children.
The colors, costumes, settings (basically the mise-en-scene) heavily affected the film’s outlook. They complemented each other well, and you can expect the features of any Burton film to be in complete harmony with each other. I was really quite impressed with the film, and enjoyed watching it.
The acting was pretty great. Butterfield is a good casting choice for his character, as he has that curious, good boy look. Him and Purnell have good chemistry together, though one has to not think too much about who their mutual contact is. The rest of the peculiar children cast (Finlay McMillan, Lauren McCrostie, Hayden Keeler-Stone, Georgie Pemberton, Milo Parker, Raffiella Chapman, Pixie Davies, Joseph and Thomas Odwell, Cameron King) did a good job in their roles as well.
But the person who really astounded me, was Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. She plays her part so impeccably, and her make-up and costume does so well to compliment her character, that it creates a phenomenal persona.
On the other hand, I could not take Samuel L. Jackson seriously. While his character did come off as a little scary, his speech felt a little more comedic than it probably should have been.
As for the story, it did follow the lines of something that would appeal to children. Plus, the characters are children too, so it resonates with the targeted audience. I just did not like the way the film ended. It fast forwarded and condensed a month into two minutes. While they did explain how time loops worked in the film, the ending was too fast and confusing to comprehend, which also made it feel too easy.
Overall though, an enjoyable watch with great settings, music, and directing.
PROS: Mise-en-scene, directing, acting
CONS: Too fast an ending
I give this an 8/10.
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