It’s been a couple of months since we got our first look at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the upcoming Tim Burton adaptation of the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, and I’ve had my fingers crossed that the film might herald a return to the darker fantasy tales that were a hallmark of the director’s early career.
There’s an undeniable sense of style in this newest trailer that certainly feels like the classic Burton aesthetic, but Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children also invokes a vibe that falls somewhere between Harry Potter and the X-Men films. You can see for yourself below.
A group of adolescents with special abilities that are passed down genetically? Yeah, we’ve definitely heard that before – and from the same studio, too. That’s not to say that Miss Peregrine is a blatant rip-off, it’s just interesting that Fox would choose to market this film in a manner that makes the resemblance painfully obvious. Also, the official synopsis indicates this tale might feel a bit too familiar:
“From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.”
So Jake (Asa Butterfield) is the only person who has the ability to save the others? We’ve seen numerous films where a “chosen one” must fulfill their destiny and become a hero, and it sounds like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children isn’t veering too far from that particular formula.
That being said, I’ve been a pretty big fan of everything I’ve seen up to this point, and while some of the CG effects could definitely use some more polishing, I’m intrigued by the idea of the school being stuck in a “time loop” that isolates the students from the outside world. Also, Eva Green – who just wrapped up a stellar run on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful – is endlessly watchable, even in situations where her own performance is better than the material itself, and I’d be willing to bet she chews plenty of scenery as the titular headmistress.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens on September 30.
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