Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Fantasy adventure directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman which follows Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) who after discovering clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Verdict – It’s been a while since I’ve really enjoyed a Tim Burton movie, if I’m honest his films as of late have bit hit and miss for me, and it’s a shame since the man obviously has great vision and storytelling ability. This film could have been the one that brought him out of his slump and he may have succeeded to a degree, but it’s not a complete success. Not having read the books it’s not something I can use a reference point to compare against, so I can’t comment how well it’s been adapted. However, from what I saw Burton does a fantastic job at sucking you into this new strange world and showing us these unique characters and their abilities, but where it falls apart is in fact the actual plot itself which became too overstuffed and just not interesting enough as the actual characters. This is by no means a terrible movie and it has some great visuals, but the story doesn’t feel emotional connected enough to make it a great Tim Burton movie.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
[referring to the bird flying above the boat]
Franklin Portman: Oh, wow! Jake! Check it out. That’s a peregrine falcon.
Jake: Peregrine, like the Headmistress?
Franklin Portman: Sure. Hey, that’s probably where grandpa came with the tale of turning into a bird thing.
Jake: Maybe. Maybe that’s really her.
[he shouts at the bird]
Jake: Hey, Ms. Peregrine, Its me Jake I am Abe Portman’s grandson. Please don’t crap on us.
[Franklin gives him a horrified look]
Jake: Oh. God, Dad I’m kidding.
[Emma takes Jake to meet Miss Peregrine]
Miss Peregrine: Right on time. Miss Peregrine, delighted to meet you.
Jake: Before he died he told me to find you. There was something he wanted me to know. He said you could explain everything.
Miss Peregrine: That’s absolutely true, but there are few things I can’t explain. We are in common parlance as peculiar.
[Fiona comes over to them, Peregrine takes out her watch and holds it up]
Miss Peregrine: Fifty-one seconds late, Fiona.
Fiona Fraunfeld: Sorry, Miss Peregrine. How many carrots do you need for supper?
Miss Peregrine: Just one will do.
[Fiona goes to the vegetable garden to get the carrot]
Miss Peregrine: As I was saying some people are peculiar. Its a recessive gene carried down through families. Yet, many generations can pass without a peculiar child being born. And alas, peculiars have been persecuted through the ages. Hence, we live in places like this.
Jake: In Wales?
Miss Peregrine: Anywhere will do if you pick the right day.
[we see Fiona using her power to make a carrot grow into a massive size]
Miss Peregrine: That’s fine now, Fiona. You see. I am a type of peculiar called an Ymbryne. That means I can…
Jake: You can turn into a bird.
Miss Peregrine: Well, I do, yes, but that’s not very useful. An Ymbryne’s main skill is the manipulation of time. We chose a safe place, a safe day and create a loop.
Jake: What do you mean?
Miss Peregrine: A loop is the last twenty-four hours, rest the loop and the day is yours to live in again. Reset it daily, and you can stay there forever, entirely safe from the outside world. Right on time, Bronwyn, good girl. And that’s why we Ymbrynes are charged with the care of the young.
Jake: And no one ever gets older?
Miss Peregrine: It’s best for everyone this way, I assure you. Each Ymbryne commits herself to the creation and upkeep of a place like this. A Home for Peculiar Children.
[they walk towards the twins fighting over a teddy bear]
Miss Perigrine: You’ve met the twins.
[she tales the teddy bear, tears it in half and gives each twin a half]
Miss Perigrine: This is Claire.
[they see Millard and Hugh playing football]
Hugh Apiston: Millar, pass the ball!
Miss Perigrine: Millard you’ve met.
Hugh Apiston: [to Millard] Come on!
Miss Perigrine: And that’s Hugh.
[Hugh releases a swarm of bees from his mouth towards Millard, as he tries to swat the bees Hugh takes the ball from him and goes off]
Millard Nullings: Stop cheating, Hugh!
Hugh Apiston: Millard, thats a foul, again!
Millard Nullings: No, it wasn’t!
Miss Perigrine: If you two cant play without squabbling, wish you wouldn’t play at all.
Emma Bloom: Would you help me with something. Enoch usually does it but, like I said, he is sulking somewhere.
Jake: Is that because of me?
Emma Bloom: He is possessive.
Jake: So… What you need help with?
Emma Bloom: One of my daily chores. Put the baby squirrel back in the tree.
Jake: What baby squirrel?
[Emma looks at her watch then holds out her hand to catch the falling baby squirrel]
Jake: That happens every day?
Emma Bloom: Like clockwork. Now, would you mind tying that rope around my waist?
Jake: Uh… Yeah.
[Jacob ties the rope around her waist]
Emma Bloom: Right. Promise to hold on tight?
[Emma releases the buckles on her shoes, she floats up into the air and places the squirrel back in the tree, Jacob then pulls her back down to the ground]
[as they are all sat at the dinner table]
Miss Peregrine: Claire, why aren’t you eating?
Millard: She’s embarrassed in front of Jake.
Jake: Don’t be, please.
[Claire takes the piece of chicken from her plate, puts her behind her where we see a large mouth on the back of her head bite into the chicken]
[to Jacob; in the middle of the ocean]
Emma Bloom: Then come on. There’s somewhere I go to be alone. I have things there.
[she dives into the water]
Jake: Is this the place?
Emma Bloom: No. This is how we get there. Emma! Your shoes! Lead shoes!
[Emma takes Jacob down into an old sunken ship underwater and sucks out all the water in the ship so they can breathe]
Emma Bloom: Welcome to my secret hideout.
Jake: How? How did you…
Emma Bloom: Air. My peculiarity. It does what I want.
Emma Bloom: Jake. Before your grandfather retired, he asked me to keep this safe.
Jake: This is my grandpa’s old map. It shows you where the loops are. That’s him, that’s the man I saw. Who is he?
Emma Bloom: That’s Barron. He is the Leader.
Jake: Leader of what? Who are these people?
Emma Bloom: Bad people…bad peculiars. Abe dedicated his life to hunting them down. These are the ones he never found.
Jake: What do you mean “hunting”?
Emma Bloom: They raided homes. Whole homes full of children left for dead.
Jake: Abe took lives…
Emma Bloom: To save life’s. He only retired when you were born to protect you.
Jake: From what?
Emma Bloom: If I tell you the rest, you have to promise not to run away.
Emma Bloom: Jake, you belong here.
Jake: You know that I don’t. I’m not like you, I’m just ordinary.
Emma Bloom: No, but you’re not. Jake, only a peculiar can enter a time loop.
Jake: No, that can’t be right. I mean, I would know.
Emma Bloom: Fine. Then I’ll show you something else.
Miss Peregrine: We call them ‘Hollowgasts’. Hollows. For short.
Jake: My grandpa told me about people, who turn into monsters. Is that what they are?
Miss Peregrine: I will explain everything, Jake. I fear its my duty now considering, but you should know that in doing so I’m breaking a solemn promise. I knew you were peculiar when you were born but your grandfather forbid me to tell you anything His dearest wish was for you to have an ordinary childhood.
Jake: Well I definitely had that.
Miss Peregrine: He intended to tell you the truth when you turned eighteen. He hoped his bed-time stories would pave the way.
Jake: Once this loop closes, that’s it! I can’t get back to my own time.
Emma Bloom: You didn’t seem very happy there.
Jake: I can’t just leave! I have a family.
Emma Bloom: And you felt ordinary, like nothing you do changes anything. And, now you have a chance to do something that changes everything. Jake, were in danger and you’re the only one who can see the Hollows.
Jake: Yeah, I see them sure but, I’m not my grandpa. I’m not and I…I can’t fight, I can’t kill somebody… There’s only one reason that I’d stay here.
Miss Peregrine: Promise me one thing, Jake. That you will look after them all.
Jake: I promise.
Miss Avocet: Now, children, your primary job is to stay safe. Leave the Hollow to me, I don’t want to see any heroics. Now did you…
[suddenly Miss Avocet is grabbed and taken through the walls by an invisible force]
Jake: Get to the attic!
[the children start screaming in terror and running]
Jake: Get out! Get out!
[they all go up to the attic]
Jake: It’s almost reset. Fiona, is there anything you can do with that tree?
Jake: Let’s go, quickly!
[Fiona and the rest of the kids get out of the attic windows, slide down the roof and land on the massive tree branch nearby]
[Jake shoots of an arrow that misses Barron]
Barron: Jake, when are you going to realize you are a terrible shot with that thing?
Emma Bloom: I’ll hold him off as long as I can.
[Emma uses her air power to blow Barron backwards]
Jake: Get the others. I’ll meet you at the loop entrance.
[Jake leaves; Emma continues to blow air at Barron who is now backed up against a wall]
Barron: Eventually you’re going to run out of breath, and it’ll all be over! Death for your believe Jake and Miss Peregrine, everlasting life for me.
Emma Bloom: We don’t need you to make us feel safe, Jake. Because you made us feel brave. And that’s even better.
Total Quotes: 16