Release date:December 13,2016
Studio:20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril)
Starring:Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson
[divider]Tim Burton strikes gold again with Mrs. Peregrines home for Peculiar Children. I found the film to be a visually stunning endeavour, which is what I have come to expect from this director. From the costumes, to the sets, to the special effects this has Mr. Burtons signature all over it.
We are treated almost immediately to some amazing visuals, which, while captivating, happened a little too quickly, for my taste. What I mean by that is that I would have liked to have had a little more character build up before jumping right into the action. Honestly, regarding that, I felt as though I came into the film late, as if I missed something, but once you get past that initial part, the real story begins to unfold. It’s almost as if you came in halfway though one chapter and then turned the page starting the next.
The story starts out in Florida, with our hero Jake leading a very mundane life being hassled by the stereotypical v I’m better than you”, popular kids. This, however, is a very brief scene as we are introduced to the grandfather almost immediately, by way of a frantic phone call. The wonderful Terrance Stamp brings the grandfather to life for us in this delightful performance.
Jake arrives at his grandfather’s house only to find that it has been ransacked and his grandfather is gone. Jake finds a flashlight and the search is on for his grandfather. This is when things get wonderfully odd. We are given a glimpse of the world we are about to venture into as well as a mysterious map. Right after that happens, however, we are taken on a tangent where we are introduced to Jake’s family and therapist. He is, of course, analysed and the things he saw are dismissed, and it is suggested that a change of scenery might be helpful. So a vacation is planned to go back to the place Jake’s grandfather grew up, map in tow.
After a brief establishment of the tow, scenery, and the locals, Jake is pushed off into a couple of local boys who are supposed to take him to the orphanage his grandfather grew up in. It is during his exploration of the house that he starts to see things, figures moving in the shadows. Then a trip and fall and we launched into the real.
From here the characters are nicely developed. Eva Green gives us a witty, proper, and fiercely protective Mrs. Peregrine. While Ella Purnell portrays Emma Bloom, Jake’s guide through this realm. Emma’s braveness and sense of adventure are a great contrast to Jake’s cautious nature. Each character has several moments given to them to shine, to show their talents, which makes this a great ensemble piece!
Things take a dangerous turn as Barron’s character is spoken of as wanting to get rid of all of the Peculiar’s. We are given a view of Barron’s origin as well as the origins of his associates.
This move pretty quickly at this point as we are taken through the history of the home and its inhabitants. There are several adorable moments of interaction with the younger characters, but they are also shown to be able to defend themselves worth any problems.
Now I don’t want to give up too much, but I will say that this film is worth a watch. It is quite entertaining.