'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' - Movie Review

Tim Burton's latest movie, based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Asa Butterfield plays Jake Portman, who lives in a world exactly like ours, and has been raised on his grandfather's stories of living through World War II at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jake grows older, he becomes skeptical of these stories. When his grandfather dies a violent death, his psychologist encourages his family to allow him to go to the supposed location of Miss Peregrine's Home in Wales for "closure." There he finds peculiar children and a dark plot.

Eva Green's performance as Miss Peregrine is, like the movie's visual style, "peculiar." None of the child actors come close to the strange twitchiness she brings to the role. I'm beginning to appreciate Butterfield more though: he does a good (if straight-forward) job in the lead. The movie is grotesque and charming in equal measure, a fun diversion for a couple hours.