Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
There's a new world coming...
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 29 September 2016, 7:15pm
Running time: 127m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Fantasy themes and violence, some scary scenes)
Release date: 29/09/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
Jake (Asa Butterfield) is mourning his eccentric grandfather Abraham (Terrence Stamp) following his bizarre death. Abraham leaves Jake a book which provides important clues to the origins of the stories from a mysterious children's home in the 1940s. As part of his healing, Jake's father (Chris O'Dowd) takes him to a tiny Welsh island to help him find closure. Jake finds the home in ruins, but the mysterious children looking for him lead a path to a meeting with Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) where he discovers his own peculiarity and the threat facing all of them.
Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an adventure fantasy from director Tim Burton. The film contains the visual quirkiness we've come to expect from Burton, and the cast of veteran actors (Dame Judi Dench, Samuel L Jackson, Rupert Everett etc) alongside the young 'peculiars' (Ella Purnell, Lauren McCrostir, Finlay MacMillan etc) bring characters to life with a careful mix of humour, pathos and cartoonish charm. The peculiarities of the children and their foes provide delight and visual eye-candy, but it's also a very human story about loss, love and ageing. Sadly, many of the best bits and some key plot twists have already been revealed in the trailer (which, ironically, we've included below) but the lack of surprise doesn't detract too much from an enjoyable film experience.