I have always been a fan of director Tim Burton. He has a very strange visual style that can’t be matched by any other filmmaker. He really brings an Emo-style look and feel to all of his movies. He even brought his own personal style to the world of animation with movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Now, he’s back with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Based on the 2011 novel by Ransom Riggs, this film follows Jake (Asa Butterfield), who sets off on a journey to uncover the secrets of his late grandfather’s past. After arriving at the orphanage his grandfather spent time in, Jake discovers the residents of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, owned by the enigmatic Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). As he meets the children and discovers their abilities, he learns about mysterious creatures that want their powers and it’s up to Jake to save them all.
While I liked the visual style of the film, there isn’t much to like about this movie. The story is unoriginal and predictable. The screenplay is underdeveloped and feels incomplete. The editing is terrible (conversations were cut off right in the middle on several occasions). As far as the visuals, they were just okay. The performances were average. There wasn’t anything particularly well done in this whole movie.
What I really didn’t like was the story. As I said above, the plot was very unoriginal. This movie contained every known trope ever used in all YA stories. It’s not that the story didn’t have potential. I think authors need to try and bring something original to their stories rather than relying on tired tropes. These stories do have potential. They just need something added to them that give them an original feel.
In the end, this movie is nothing but another compilation of elements from other young adult stories that we’ve seen a million times before. I really wanted to like this movie. I think Tim Burton is one of the most unique directors working in the industry today. If you’re a fan of the novel, you’ll probably like it. However, if you haven’t read it, there probably isn’t much here for you.