Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Director: Tim Burton. Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell. 127 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Belgium/USA. Fantasy.

As far back as 2010, Tim Burton has become a major disappointment, churning out mediocre to plain boring movies - both visually and story-wise. Miss Peregrine shows some signs of hope, that maybe the spark of genius we enjoyed in the 90's is back. While reminiscent of Harry Potter and X-Men, the imaginative visuals and creative story elements still provide it with an identity of its own, and Green and Jackson create a memorable heroine and villain. And again, we're reminded how useless MPAA ratings have become: a scene shows adults feasting on children's eyeballs, and the film got a PG-13.

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