Tim Burton has an act for imagination when he’s directing one of his films. Whether it’s for good (Sweeney Todd) or bad (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Which is why as of lately, excitement is never the word to be used when a new movie is coming out. But Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children didn’t really peak any interest in myself as it looks like Burton’s version of X-Men. And in a shocking way, this wasn’t exciting or good.
Somehow this lack so much creativity with a story like this. The one positive thing about any Burton movie is that the production design was pretty and the environment surrounding it looks really good with some creepy and dark undertones. Eva Green was actually alright as Miss Peregrine though she does overact a little bit, you can just say the same thing about any actor in a Burton film. But even after a while, I kind of forgot she was in this because it didn’t feel like she had that much screentime.
Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game) is a very good actor, but I just didn’t like his character Jake at all. He was just really bland for the entire movie with most of the dialogue is questions being asked. A lot of the issues is put to blame its script. The story sounded like that could be intriguing and intensive. But this was very muddled with not the strongest narrative to follow. Even it has to deal with exposition and giving us historical information about what’s happening just not to Jake, but to us like we’re caring enough to listen.
After the first half, which did gain a bit of my interest, completely went downhill as it felt contrived and boring afterward especially the climax that’s just strange. I’ve never read the novel and probably this is just like it. But judging it off the film, there was really nothing noteworthy or even memorable. Hoping that this was gonna be Burton’s best film in a while, but failed to do just that as it’s just a typical fantasy from this man.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was dull, uninteresting, and just has no life in another Burton dud in a weak fantasy.