Hollywood luminary Tim Burton has long had a talent for creating otherworldly places on screen, and in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, he invites audiences into a very quirky new world.
Eva Green really steps up in the role of Miss Peregrine, and gives the impression that this is one headmistress that you should really listen to. Confident, collected, and with a slight mystery to her, Green approaches Miss Peregrine as a gothic Mary Poppins who will do everything to protect her young charges. Her willpower is formidable, and Green definitely brings her own unique quirkiness to this completely by the book character.
Pitted against her is Samuel L. Jackson as the freakishly kookoo Mr. Barren, who suffered a severe accident and has an axe to grind against Miss Peregrine and her peculiars. Barren is definitely Jackson’s most outlandish role to date, and it is refreshing to see him take on the guise of a sinister villain.
Asa Butterfield leads the young cast as Jake Portman, and while he does a solid job as a young man looking for answers, it is his co-star Ella Purnell who steals the show. Purnell brings a natural grace and heartfelt depth to aerokinetic teenager Emma Bloom. Purnell is a serious talent to keep an eye on, and based on her performance here I have no doubt that she will have an awesome career ahead of her.
Director Tim Burton also brings his trademark gothic sensibilities to the film, and while there are scary moments, Miss Peregrine’s young audience will never find themselves overwhelmed, but rather enchanted by the magic that appears before them.
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