With the release date for this quirky looking film fast approaching (30/09/2016), and not at all prompted by an advertisement on the side of the bus, I thought I’d share my excitement for the latest Tim Burton creation.
Based on the original novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, the story follows protagonist Jacob following a trail of clues which lead him to an abandoned and mysterious orphanage where the depth and darkness of the place becomes apparent when meeting the other residents and discovering their superpowers. The book was
originally targeted toward a young adult audience and whether the film will follow this trend is yet to be decided, the UK age rating certification still undecided. Having seen the trailer though I would argue that Burton is definitely still targeting that audience and above. The weird and slightly darker undertone that is seemingly present in all of his films is still there, the trailer is intriguing, unique and a little bit creepy. It looks and feels like a Burton film.
In terms of appeal for an older audience you need look no further than the amazing cast list; Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L Jackson, Judi Dench and Rupert Everett. If you use directors and casts to pick out a good film, Miss Peregrine may get your senses twitching. Not only are they big names but also incredible actors and I never thought I’d see the day Samuel L Jackson and Judi Dench’s names were side by side in a cast list.
The films basing on a book is sure to create some interest from fans of the novel, but if I’m honest I’d never heard of it till I saw the trailer for the film. Despite this, Burton’s run of adapting stories and novels into books is a mostly successful one but with the debatable shadow of Alice in Wonderland (2010) gaining mixed reviews, will Burton pull off this adaptation?
On the whole I think the general gist I get from the story and trailer is that Burton is well suited to tackle this novel. With it being based on a successful book the story won’t fall short, it comes down to how Burton chooses to depict it and what is included and excluded. I don’t think you could attract such a massive cast if the film wasn’t appealing. It seems very Burton-esque and I love the weirdness and mystery, it’s not trying to be funny like Dark Shadows and as mentioned, the story itself seems really enjoyable. I’m eagerly waiting for its release and will definitely try to head to the cinema to see it (finance dependent of course).