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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ticketstubThis movie appears to make the case for celebrating each individual's skills and abilities. Seems like a noble endeavor and it should fit in with the Harry Potters and after-school specials we're all familiar with, so that's a wonderful thing, right? Well, it would be, if so little attention weren't paid to the children, some of which don't speak or have any notable abilities, and instead we spend much of the movie explaining and dealing with the situation created by the time loops the peculiar children live within. You see, in order to protect the children, caretaker adults (always female) create time loops which is a single day that loops over and over. Only peculiar people can enter the time loop. This keeps out the normal people who never know anything is happening, but ironically, the evil people hunting the children (for their eyes), are peculiar and can therefore enter the time loops. Then there's the extremely questionable mechanics of these loops and the several continuity issues they generate... it all amounts to a very complicated exercise in trying to track the many rules (many of which don't fit with rational time theory) and trying to puzzle out how and when the various parts of this story are taking place. What this equates to, for me, is a movie targeted toward children that is probably too complicated for children (and probably most adults) to follow. Throw in some well designed, but very creepy monsters and graphic scenes of eyes being ripped from people's heads and eaten and you have a movie that might not be the best choice for children. I'll admit, there are some delightful scenes of wonder and oddity that we might commonly associate with director Tim Burton, but much of that fizzles when most of the kids never get a chance to do anything until the final battle. The leads were all good, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, though Jackson and Green were playing way over-the-top. I assume that's how they are portrayed in the book? Seemed like a lot, though, no subtlety there. I was entertained, but certainly wasn't expecting to need a degree in time travel to figure out what's happening.

3/5