Although Tim Burton has been making movies for a long time and has delivered quite a few good ones (Big Figh, Big Eyes, Ed Wood), he’s never been a director to me who made my heart beat faster. That’s mainly because of his dark style, which I’m simply not a fan of. That was also the main reason that I didn’t see this film in the cinema, but now that it’s available via VOD, I decided to give it a chance (despite signals by various people that this was a bad movie).
Jake (Asa Butterfield) has been listening to fantastic stories told by his grandpa for year. Stories about special children he met during his childhood. Jake always thought the tales were true, but as he got older he started to doubt that. When something unexpected happens he manages to convince his parent to take him to the place his grandfather grew up. There he discovers the orphanage of Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). It turns out to be a special place which is protected by time, but which is in danger. Jake decides to help them fight the threat.
If you were to compare this film with others then this could be described as mix between X-Men and Harry Potter. There is some magic and all the children have a special ability, which they don’t always show immediately. Thanks to great special effects Tim Burton brings this special place to the screen and feel alive. Jake visits some unique places and finds some fun ways to solve the issues. And despite the title it mainly revolves around Jake. This isn’t a title which will leave a lasting impression, but it is fun enough to watch at least once.