When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers... and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends.
The movie is filled to the brim with a whole lot of madness including invisible monsters that eat eyeballs, shenanigans with time-travel loops, and of course, the peculiar children with special powers. It’s pretty crazy, and precisely the kind of crazy Tim Burton excels and is kind of known for, only this time, a little less gothic, and more of just plain old wacky. For the most part a least, as the movie goes on, exploring the numerous odd facets of its world, it is quite enjoyable. But then it kind of wavers as it tries to moves along and deliver its story. The movie does have its fair share of issues going on. For one, one of the supposed leads, Jacob, played by Asa Butterfield is just very wooden. I've even somewhere that his peculiarity should've been that he was a robot, because that's how his performance made him seem like. Also, the villains seemed to get less and less impressive as the movie went on. The pacing also kinda feels iffy in some places which make some of the turning points or arcs feel a little underwhelming.
But regardless, the movie still has quite a few things to offer its viewers that save the watching experience well enough. The mishmash of weird stuff going on manages to fit in with each other pretty well actually. Another highlight of the movie is Eva Green as Miss Peregrine who has such a command on every scene that she is in in that it feels very much like she holds together all of the craziness in such elegance and authority.
With regards to its overall story, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is pretty much at the level of most Young-Adult novels and the majority of their movie adaptions. There are a lot of the same formula and story beats going on, which doesn't really mean it's bad. There's just nothing too new. The universe that it is set in though, is quite endearing and interesting I find, which totally adds in to the fun and the charm. Haven't really read the book though, but I still enjoyed it and found it pretty fun and alright.
Personal rating: 7.0/10
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