In the age of superhero films dominating the box office today, Tim Burton brings an unlikely tween heroes with amazing superpowers to life in his film adaptation of Ransom Rigg’s best-selling novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Tim Burton is known for his gothic aesthetic and mind-blowing images and the novel’s plot seemed to be a perfect film for him to take on. His dark, gothic, quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and among others, prove the director’s brilliance in the unexpected and peculiar sensitivity as translated by record breaking grosses in the box office.
However, Burton has not made a good movie in recent years. In 2012, his Johnny Depp-starring remake of Dark Shadows under performed in the US and made a decent $165 million from international market. Since then, Burton released the Oscar-nominated animated film Frankenweenie and the Amy Adams starrer Big Eyes, both are arguably smaller-scale, niche titles gunning for a specific audience.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is Burton’s first major studio fantasy title in four years and with the movie’s $110 million budget, it is expected that the director will not pull any punches given that the novel where the movie is adapted from is also as quirky and weird as Burton himself.
According to Vox, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children tells the tale of 16-year-old Jacob (Asa Butterfield) whose eccentric grandpa has told him stories his whole life of the children’s home in Wales where he lived, and the friends he left there: Horace, who can see the future in his dreams; Hugh, who controls bees; Fiona, who can make plants grow; Claire, who has a mouth in the back of her head; Enoch, who can bring dead things back to life; and Olive, who’s lighter than air and thus must wear lead shoes. His grandfather dies under unusual circumstances, and Jacob ends up on a trip to Wales, where his parents hope he’ll put all this nonsense to rest. Naturally, the opposite happens.
Critics are saying that the director’s latest offering is reminiscent of his past works, where his magic in storytelling is at its best. Burton and the novel are so perfectly made for each other that even made people wondering whether Ransom Riggs wrote his novel with Tim Burton in mind.
Perhaps, with this new project, Tim Burton will finally get out of his slump at the box office game. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes to theaters Friday, September 30.
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