It's as if Tim Burton has completely forgotten to bring his visual style and sense of wonder and imagination with his latest feature film. Despite some great performances, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children isn't particularly peculiar nor is it fun. This is a film that just feels very empty, without a world fully explored, not much goes on in this fantasy adventure. Whilst it's good to see a Tim Burton film actually make a healthy box office return for the first time in quite a while, to me my money spent on the ticket for this one was wasted, as with nearly all other 2016 films.
Well, if your film has Eva Green in it, you know you're going to get one hell of a performance and as usual this insanely gorgeous actress nails it! Here Eva Green delivers a delightfully quirky and charming performance as Miss Peregrine, a well-spoken woman to the point of perfect elocution with the most satisfying resting bitch face. It just goes to prove if a film sucks, and its got Eva Green in it, you know she's going to elevate the film's proceedings quite a lot, which is just the case with this film.
Asa Butterfield is alright as a lead but he doesn't show much charisma here, nor does he express wonder or awe considering the powers these peculiar children have, in fact I found him to be the least interesting character too, as all he really does throughout the film is ask an insane amount of questions which gets dull very quickly. Chris O'Dowd brings a few laughs but is shoved to the sidelines, as is Allison Janney. Terrence Stamp, Judi Dench, Samuel L.Jackson and the majority of the child actors provide the most enjoyment with their characters, whom they really bring to life even if their roles are rather short.
Whilst the characters have their quirks, the whole film itself just goes nowhere. I found myself waiting for some sort of big sequence or memorable moment, but the majority of the film finds Asa Butterfield's character wandering around looking mopey. Visually, the film lacks the panache seen in previous Burton films, it's as if he's either put himself on a leash or the studio has. Aside from cool special effects, mostly seen in the underwater scene featuring Ella Purnell's Emma Bloom who can float and use her powers underwater.
This is by no means a bad film, it's just remarkably dull and uneventful. The cinematography, score, a few performances and overall tone is just bland, it feels like the team behind the camera almost gave up within the first act. Eva Green saves the film from being a total disaster, this actress is seriously talented and a blast to watch. Rating: 4.5/10