“Miss Peregrine’s” too peculiar for its own good

first_imgFacebook Twitter Twitter In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Asa Butterfield, left, and Ella Purnell appear in a scene from, “Film Review Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” (Jay Maidment/20th Century Fox via AP) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ printThe latest film from director Tim Burton, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” carries his signature visual style but none of what makes his works memorable.“Peregrine” follows protagonist Jake (Asa Butterfield) as he searches for the titular home for children with special abilities and must help them fight against a group of monsters led by Barron (Samuel L. Jackson).The plot starts out simple but becomes more convoluted as new ideas and backstory are constantly thrown into the mix. “Peregrine” has an interesting world, but it never has a chance to develop naturally. The constant flow of new ideas leads to a messy final act that leaves more questions than answers.Tonally, the film never seems to settle on whether to be dark or silly. It consistently switches between creepy and serious to being extremely over-the-top and cheesy. While Burton’s films are known for their mixture of frights and fun, “Peregrine” never finds the right balance, which also makes it harder to tell whether the film is aimed towards younger or older audiences.The cast of “Peregrine” is mostly forgettable. Butterfield starts off the film emotionless and, while his acting does get better as the plot progresses, he’s never able to carry the movie on his own. Jackson’s Barron, as well as his evil group of companions, also come across as poorly thought-out and even laughably bad at times. The villains never really provide a sense of fear or intimidation. Eva Green, on the other hand, does well as Peregrine, but the character is largely underused.A lack of screentime and character development make it hard to care about most of the children as well. While two or three get a decent amount of attention, the rest fade into the background, only showing up again when the story needs it.Visually, “Peregrine” is similar to Burton’s other works, providing nice shots and landscapes with lots of greys and muted colors. The film shines brightest with its fantastic costumes and set design by focusing on the gothic clothing and buildings Burton is known for. Unfortunately, poor CGI and some oddly used stop-motion animation quickly draw attention away from the more natural look of the film.Verdict:While “Peregrine” looks nice, peculiar choices in regards to the plot, acting and tone of the film make it one of Burton’s weaker and less memorable works. 3.5/10 Frogs Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) ReddIt TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) Facebook Previous articleCreepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns foundNext articleClown hysteria reaches TCU Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Garcia Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history center_img TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Linkedin TAGSvideo Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. + posts ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img