“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, directed by Tim Burton

Movie, 2016

Beautiful looking Gothic adventure, featuring themes of outsider children, magical powers and the struggles against darkness and evil. All very Tim Burton territory, but put together a little awkwardly, so that while personal fights and relationships feature heavily, they’re a little undone by all the special powers of each of the peculiar children of the title. The result is a little flat and while undeniably coming together in places, feels as if it drifts, particularly when an otherwise splendidly made-up and evil uber-baddy (played by Samuel L Jackson) bursts into the picture. Some great parts in the film, and Eva Green is superb, but the film doesn’t quite come together as a satisfying whole.

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