20th Century Fox/TSG (Peter Chernin & Jenno
W: Jane Goldman [based on the novel by Ransom
DP: Bruno Delbonnel
Ed: Chris Lebenzon
Mus: Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson
PD: Gavin Bocquet
Cos: Colleen Atwood
Eva Green (Miss Peregrine), Asa Butterfield (Jake Portman),
Ella Purnell (Emma Bloom), Finlay MacMillan (Enoch O'Connor), Lauren McCrostie (Olive Elephanta), Chris O'Dowd (Frank Portman), Terence Stamp (Abraham Portman), Judi Dench (Esmeralda Avocet),
Samuel L. Jackson (Mr. Barron)
Fantasy maestro Tim Burton tackles Ransom Riggs occult novel
for this magical movie, starring Asa Butterfield as troubled teenager Jake Portman, who travels to a small Welsh town so he can visit an orphanage where his late grandfather stayed as a
He initially discovers that the orphanage is a ruin, bombed
during WWII, but is whisked away to a day in September 1943, when the orphanage still stands, run by headmistress Miss Peregrine who uses her magic to replay the day on an endless
The children within the orphanage all have their own special
gifts and are referred to as peculiars. Jake discovers that they himself has a unique gift; as monsters are visible only to him and aim to destroy Miss Peregrine's home.
Despite being visually creative and having some good special
effects, costumes and production design, the narrative of this movie doesn't flow as neatly as you'd like it to, and probably runs the risk of boring young children who wouldn't understand the
time-loop portion of the plot.
Worth a watch for fans of fantasy films or Tim Burton, but
it's not quite amongst his best works.