Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the upcoming Tim Burton adaptation of the bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, has been championed by some as a return to the darker fantasy tales of the director’s early career. And while there’s no denying that it looks great from a visual standpoint, the narrative feels very familiar, as if the best parts of the Harry Potter and X-Men franchises have been fused to create some new being.
With the film’s release date drawing closer, 20th Century Fox has elected to allow audiences members the opportunity to peer behind the curtain with a brief featurette that includes soundbites from Burton, Riggs, and some of the cast members, along with some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Burton’s on-set techniques.
Truth be told, I would probably see this film for no other reason than my endless fascination with Eva Green – who looks to be having tremendous fun here – but the rest of the cast is solid. Before checking out this clip, I had no idea Terence Stamp was involved, and it actually seems like Samuel L. Jackson might be playing a different sort of character other than himself.
Also, the production design has that signature Burton feeling that still evokes some nostalgia for me, so I’m doing my best to remain optimistic about this. I just hope Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has a few surprises to offer that don’t feel like they’ve been cribbed from other films – although the official synopsis doesn’t exactly inspire confidence on that front:
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.
Also starring Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Cameron King, Lauren McCrostie, Thomas and Joseph Odwell and Pixie Davies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will open on September 30.
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