Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Judi Dench, Terrence Stamp, Samuel L Jackson
Tim Burton has always been someone who’s approach to film making you either love or loathe, I myself am firmly in the former camp so the release of his latest offering was automatically appealing. If you hate Tim Burton, you will detest Miss Peregrine, this movie is permeated with his distinctive style.
Based on the Ransom Riggs series of novels, it is a odd prospect to sell to the average cinema goer. A young man who wishes to find out more of his grandfathers past after being raised to what were apparently tall tales of his youth, travels to a small island off the Welsh border that is home to the titular Miss Peregrine and her extraordinary wards.
The assembled cast are excellent, the younger member do a terrific job as the Peculiar’s, amusing and creeping us out in equal measure. The adults look like they are having an absolute ball, particularly Sam L Jackson who hams & scene steals spectacularly in the best possible way.
This film may be more of a tough sell than usual for Burton as this is a kids film that may be a little too odd or scary for kids and may be a little too childlike for adults, it’s sort of stuck in a weird In-between limbo. It helps that it is a very good, enjoyable film with a story that keeps us invested until the end.