Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Belgium, UK, USA 2016 – 127min.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Movie Rating: Geoffrey Crété

Since his childhood, Jake has listened attentively to the stories of monsters told by his eccentric grandfather, which nobody takes seriously. When his grandfather is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Jake’s father agrees to accompany him to an island in Wales, to an orphanage run by Miss Peregrine, who was at the centre of these fantastic stories. When he discovers the building was destroyed during World War II, Jake thinks the stories were false. But when he finds a passage that leads back in time and meets children with extraordinary gifts, he has no idea he is about to face some very real monsters...

For fifteen years, the magic of the iconic Tim Burton has been somewhat lost for many fans – for some it has even disappeared completely. Despite the success of the feature adaptation of his early short Frankenweenie, and his next attempt, Big Eyes, something has been missing. Adapted from the book by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children only confirm this. On paper, it's ideal: a group of kids who are rejected because of their differences live together in a castle in the midst of childhood magic and nightmarish monsters. In reality, Burton has again made a big budget flick that is both awkward and enchanting, which fails to find both rhythm or tone. Cold, often mechanical, sometimes burdened by special effects, is not a bad movie. It’s just another middling Tim Burton movie.

05.10.2016

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