Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton (2016)

121min
12A Certificate
Mon 16 Dec 9pm - 11:30pm Film4
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Review

Our Score
In another dark, delirious fairy tale from director Tim Burton, children aren't gifted with special powers, they're cursed with them. As Jake, Asa Butterfield (Hugo) doesn't know what makes him different, and this mystery keeps you watching as much as his journey through a fantastical world conjured by Burton in typically meticulous, gothic style. In Wales, Jake discovers a loop in time created in 1943 and inhabited by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green, fabulous as a kohl-eyed Mary Poppins) who cares for children like Emma (Ella Purnell), who can float on air. There's also a boy with bees in his belly and a girl with an oddly placed mouth, but unlike Marvel mutants, these kids are uncool, making their predicament more acute, especially when a wickedly dead-eyed and deadpan Samuel L Jackson threatens to burst their bubble. The rules of this universe are convoluted, but they bring about memorable moments like a bombing raid and a spectacular underwater sequence evoking Titanic. Burton's brand of impish humour and the in-your-face weirdness means it isn't truly heart-wrenching, but he compensates with otherworldly atmosphere and spine-chilling thrills aplenty. Judi Dench is squandered in a small role and Chris O'Dowd's well-meaning dad is left hanging, but Burton fans will feel utterly spoiled.

Summary

A boy investigates a series of clues left by his grandfather, and comes across a home for children with special powers, that has been concealed from the world using time travel. It falls to the boy to protect the home and its residents from a race of invisible monsters. Fantasy adventure based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L Jackson and Terence Stamp.

Cast & Crew

Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine Eva Green
Jake Asa Butterfield
Barron Samuel L Jackson
Miss Avocet Judi Dench
Franklin Portman Chris O'Dowd
Abe Portman Terence Stamp
Ornithologist Rupert Everett
Dr Golan Allison Janney
Enoch Finlay MacMillan
Emma Bloom Ella Purnell
Jake's mom Kim Dickens
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Sep 2016
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