Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The film based on the Ransom Riggs book was released recently and here’s my thoughts on it:

Plot: kid with weird grandad, goes to house with other weird people, finds out he’s also weird

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children (MPHPC, nice and catchy) is basically about Asa Butterfield meeting Miss Peregrine and then having to do some world savingy stuff. Now both Miss Peregrine and Jake are alright as characters but the problem is very quickly after watching the film I remember essentially none of the other characters names nor what the plot really was. What Tim Burton does with the film is about as generic Tim Burton as is possible. It’s nice looking and sometimes a bit funny and sometimes a little bit scary but the plot is so bland this works less as a film and more as a collection of designer illustrations.

It feels like so much of the film is trying to just get the base elements of the book plot explained that there’s no time left to actually enjoy any of the details of the world that’s been set up. MPHPC (once again, catchy) does exactly what is so ubiquitous nowadays which is put style over substance. It is effects and make up and quirky gothic looks but utterly no reason to care about any of the characters. There’s so many characters to not care about as well plus Judi Dench is there for a few minutes for… some reason?

The kid with the suit was pretty cool though.

Rating: 4/10

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