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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Jake (Asa Butterfield), grew up listening to a lot of fascinating stories from his grandfather. However, after his grandfather's mysterious death, Jake head on to Wales to find some answers. This leads him to find Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) who is the guardian of a group of peculiar children. At first, Jake is told that he also has a peculiarity but didn't know exactly what or how to use it. Meanwhile, the leader of the hollowgasts (Samuel L. Jackson) continues to hunt down peculiar children to gain immortality and Jake's natural gift can be the game changer to end their wicked plans.

Once again, Tim Burton transports his viewers to another extraordinary world that he already mastered in his films through the years. It is another dark tale that comes to life but this time; the film can't carry its weight throughout the entire time. It's couldn't sustain the momentum and deliver big time when it's mostly needed. It gets pretty tedious from the start and quite slow to pick up the pace. Still, it is a fantastic feature, especially when it reached the second half. However, with the film having a lot of interesting bits to offer; it never reached its maximum potential as a whole. 

The visual effects was pretty neat but there is nothing special in wearing your 3D glasses. There are some scenes that you'll feel the magic, especially when they highlight the peculiarity of each child. It's like X-Men with mutants discovering their powers and learning how to control it. It is something they should have capitalized on, and also they could have trimmed the film down as it feels a bit too long in its 127 minutes run time. 

As for the cast, they all did a pretty nice job with Eva Green leading the charge. She brings life and color to Miss Peregrine and continues to impress each time like a female version of Johnny Depp. We also loved the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain because he is perfect for this role. Asa Butterfield needs some energy biscuits while Ella Purnell was astonishing. 

Overall, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children has all the ingredients to make the film stand out. It has a skillful director in Tim Burton, a delightful vibe from Eva Green, magnificent visuals and an innovative story to tell. However, all of it didn't blend well as it fails to reach the top in delivering a film to remember. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson

Directed By: Tim Burton
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens September 28 in cinemas nationwide



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