If there ever was anybody who could take a bestselling novel, adapt it for the screen and turn it into a fantastical, colorful journey in our minds, then that person has to be Tim Burton. Though this year’s Alice Through The Looking Glass didn’t do as well as expected over the summer, there’s no doubt that Burton’s upcoming big release is going to be a favorite for his chosen audience – children, and adults who never gave up their imaginations.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was originally a photographic book by Ransom Riggs. It tells the story of a young boy by the name of Jake Portman who has a grandfather who likes to tell stories that are a little too real. When a personal tragedy takes place in Jake’s family, he begins to understand that he can see monsters that other “ordinary” people cannot see. He is advised by his psychiatrist to visit the Welsh island his grandfather spoke of, and confirm once and for all that the orphanage for peculiar children is just an imagining and then get on with his life.
When he first arrives, he doesn’t find what he’s looking for, but when he follows a mysterious girl, he comes back to the same spot and finds himself taken back in time in what we now know as a time loop. She takes him to a place under the sea and beyond to a picturesque locale with a beautiful home and weird children all around – an invisible boy, a girl with a mouth at the back of her head, an extra-strong little girl, a boy who can resurrect the dead for a while using hearts and so many more characters who are extraordinary. But most peculiar of all is the woman who runs this joint – Miss Peregrine.
She invites Jake to take a look around and encourages him to join her little abode, a place that once housed his own grandfather. Since Jake has the unique ability to see monsters when no one else can’t, only he can destroy the Hollows and the Wights. What he also discovers about Miss Peregrine is that she can turn into a bird and is the one responsible for the time loop.
The film is being released by 20th Century Fox. It is directed by Tim Burton and the screenplay adaptation is by Jane Goldman.
Eva Green as Miss Peregrine
Asa Butterfield as Jake Portman
Dame Judi Dench as Miss Avocet
Chris O’Dowd as Jake’s estranged father
The movie looks very interesting, and based on Tim Burton’s directorial prowess, one knows that the movie is going to be breathtaking for the eyes. His imagination really runs wild and he can create something extraordinary out of the ordinary every single time. However, with the story itself, it may be a little too much with all those characters and there may be a little too much “stuffing” happening. The soundtrack also sounds wonderful, with Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine lending her vocals for a dark track she co-wrote the lyrics with Tim Burton called Wish That You Were Here.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children releases worldwide on September 30, 2016. There’s a new world coming…