Sunday, December 25, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Review

A film as silly as it is visually stunning, Tim Burton brings us, pretty much, his daycare version of the X-Men.   With plot discrepancies galore, Burton tries to do too much in too little time, in his attempt to bring the book series, of the same name, to cinematic life.   With the exception of Green's "dark Mary Poppinesque" performance, the remaining cast is stale and one dimensional at best; even Jackson's villain, though creepy cool in appearance, is, in the end, reduced to cheesy jabs and near goofy dialogue.  The conceptualization is intriguing, as I am sure, the novels are, but once splayed across the silver screen, all the potential splendor is drowned out by a haphazard script and formulaic execution.  Burton is a genius when it comes to crafting ingenious characters and environments, and this franchise should have provided him an adequate palette to do so.  Instead, the whole project feels lazy and mechanical despite a bevy of imaginative material to work with.  As a life long fan of this director's keen and edgy vision, I have to say, I am deeply disappointed.  1 out of 5 Kernels; what is it with schools and homes for mutants blowing up all the time...too bad Miss Peregrine didn't have a toddler speedster to lend a hand too.

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