Director: Tim Burton
Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
It feels like it has been ages since we have encountered a good adaptation movie. “Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children”, was no different. Inspired from a saga of the same name penned by Ransom Riggs, this Tim Burton’s project was released with high expectation and he was expected to give his loyal audience was which he failed to do so in the Alice Through the looking Glass.
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children or as I like to call it a waste of my time, was not a proper adaptation. With a budget of over 100 million USDs, this movie was supposed to be a lot more engaging than it actually was. Even with Eva Green, Terence Stamp, Samuel L Jackson and Judi Dench in the movie, Tim Burton has failed again to provide something he is known for (even with M and Nick fury, that’s just sad).
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children, as the name suggests is about children with abilities that make them peculiar to the outside world and also prone to harm. In order to keep them safe Miss Peregrine, a ymbryne has created a time loop where these children along with her live the same day of September 3rd, 1943 day over and over again. Jacob, a troubled teen from present get stuck in 1943 with the children as other evil peculiar people capture and experiment on Miss Peregrine and others like her.
The storyline being a little vague has resulted in a weak foundation for the movie. Music was great and was constantly in line with the situation. The screenplay was less worked upon and with such weak base, the uber performances presented by children playing peculiar ended up being pale and went unobserved. Samuel L Jackson as the antagonist was wasn’t convincing enough (I know right, even he failed). Eva Green was just alright in comparison to her previous ventures. It was Asa Butterfield who pushed it all up since Hugo his on-screen posture felt developed and quite charming as well.
I would call it a directorial failure if this movie is unable to cope with its giant production budget. Being a bibliophile myself, I felt Ransom Riggs has done a better job in storytelling than Tim Burton who has failed to do justice with the movie and also to his audience.