Director: Tim Burton
Release: 30 September 2016
Review: Yati Chen
Jake (Asa Butterfield) is just a boy living a normal teenage life until something terrible happens to his grandfather. The mysteries surrounding this case urge Jake to investigate more about the history of his grandfather, resulting in a journey from his hometown, Florida, to a remote island in Wales. Jake’s adventure begins in the island, starting from the search of a children’s house where his grandfather used to live. However, the house, called as Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children, is not that easy to find. After meeting a few residents of the house, Jake finds the house, and more mysteries unfold.
The movie starts with the normal world of Florida, and then leaps through time and space to several other places filled with horror and fantasies. The characters are also well introduced following the flow of the story, from Emma, the ‘air girl’, to the ultimate villain, Mister Barron. The ‘peculiarity’ or the powers of the characters are then fully displayed towards the final fight with the villains. Finally, it ends with a glorious scene of the protagonists embracing their brighter future.
As all Tim Burton’s movies, this movie is also full of gothic visuals, which can be seen in the settings, costumes, and the monsters. And as always, Tim Burton never fails to present a feast for the eyes of his audiences. The movie is easy to understand, yet still thrilling and attractive to audiences of all ages. All in all, this movie is a truly entertaining gothic and vintage version of X-Men, but with a better story line.