I really like Tim Burton, but it's been a while since he's had a really great film. Still, I always give his movies a chance. The previews for this film didn't look great, but I did ending going opening night, and much to my surprise, I truly enjoyed it.
I haven't read the book that inspired this film in quite a few years, so I am unable to make comparisons. Instead, I will comment of the writing of the film looking at the film alone. There were definitely a good amount of plot holes in the film. There were plot elements introduced later in the film that could have caused the film to end at an earlier time. There are some parts of the mythology that aren't fully explained. The plot holes are pretty obvious, but I still ended up getting past them. The protagonist, Jake, is developed really well, as is Miss Peregrine. Eva Green was perfectly cast as the eponymous character. The antagonist's development is good, but what really ends up setting it out is Samuel L. Jackson's performance. Some of the peculiar children are a bit underdeveloped, but there isn't really a case where there isn't enough to create at least some sympathy with the characters.
There were definitely some really well-made elements to the film. The production design is phenomenal, and the cinematography is truly beautiful. I loved the special effects for the Hollows. There were some things that weren't as good, though. For example, there were some claymation scenes that were shown on top of the live action footage, and it was reminiscent of "Jason and the Argonauts", but not in a good way.
Overall, I really liked "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". It wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable and had some great elements. It is definitely Burton's best in a long time.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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