Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - 4.5 Stars
I was not expecting to enjoy this film, with the exception of Big Eyes I’m not a fan of Tim Burton movies. However, this movie is delightfully macabre, sinister and takes you on a whirlwind ride.
When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realises that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
The movie has already been contentious among critics and I don’t understand why. It’s a combination of Harry Potter and X-Men, with superb cinematography and a captivating original score. My two biggest concerns with the film were the CGI and Judi Dench’s performance. I know CGI is common in movies, especially big budget films such as this, but practical effects 90% of the time still look better and the CGI is not up to par. Judi Dench is a wonderful actress, who has given superb performances throughout her career, this is not one of them. Hers is a small role, but she acts like she’s performing in a children’s film or pantomime and this is certainly neither of those things.
The rest of the cast is fatnastic, Eva Green, Terence Stamp and Samuel L. Jackson are standouts in the adult cast, while Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell are exceptional young actors.
Overall a dark, sinister adventure film that you can’t afford to miss. One of my favourite Tim Burton films!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas