Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Direction: Tim Burton
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Samuel L Jackson
Music: Mike Higham, Matthew Margeson
Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel
Editor: Chris Lebenzon
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
What is it about: It’s a dark fantasy adventure drama, based on the novel of the same released in 2011 by Ransom Riggs. It’s about a young boy Jake (Asa Butterfield) who seeks out for Miss Peregrine after the tragic and mysterious death of his grandfather Abe (Terrence Stamp). What he finds out during the adventure forms the crux of the film directed by Tim Burton.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Tim Burton is known for his peculiar approach to his films, which has a dark treatment to it. And it very evident in this film as well, and he spares no moment for you to forget that. The film is not usual children’s fantasy we get to see from other studios. Tim has a penchant in presenting the fantasy, which explores the darkest of corners.
MPHPC has all the requisite elements to catch you off guard, and the ones what we called clichéd. The humour was very little in this film and the emotional aspect was missing as well. But still it manages to grab your attention with details which are quite eccentric and instigates a weird curiosity.
The characters were well chosen, whether it were the Peculiar Children or the Peculiar Adults or The Wights or the Non Peculiars. All of them had their shades fitting well, and were performed with equal diligence making no exception of selecting a favourite.
The VFX of the film was definitely the high point and was meticulously designed to suit the Tim Burton’s love towards the grim. The 3D was perfectly rendered which doesn’t feel heavy on your eyes. The sound was equally mixed with right levels keeping the visuals in sync with it.
The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel was delectable and was cut precisely by Chris Lebenzon.
Verdict: Tim Burton once again, brings us a tale which spins a weird interest in to a mystical world, which mostly appears in most of our dreams. And he takes it to the darkest corners keeping the grim and fantasy in sync with each other. Definitely worth a watch, if possible catch it at a good Cinema hall.