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Published October 19th 2016
Imagine if the stories your grandparent's told you were real.
Envisage for a second that monsters exist and time stood still.
Filled to the brim with magical creatures and strange delights this film entices even the most cynical human into believing the peculiar really exists.
From the director Tim Burton, this new fantastical tale fits right into Burton's dynamic of the weird and wonderful. The film is inundated with a cast of renowned actors such as Samuel.L.Jackson, Rupert Everett and actresses such as Dame Judi Dench and Eva Green.
Tim Burton is well known for his daring and imaginative take on traditional tales and this film does not disappoint, he takes us into a magical world that never ceases to amaze whilst keeping us fully emerged in Jake's magical adventure. The film was originally adapted from the Ransom Rigg's debut Novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' published in 2011.
At the beginning of the film we are introduced to Jake's very 'average' life. Some teenagers will be able to relate to his lifestyle; he is lonely, friendless and severely lacks in self-confidence. The only glimpse of self-belief comes in the form of his grandad who is his greatest admirer. Suddenly, as events unfold they force him to question his own sanity and his family continues to demonstrate a lack of understanding towards mental health - a topic that is very prominent in the media today.
As the story progresses further we discover that Jake's life is far from ordinary and the people he meets are people who are feared by most, but loved by one other. For example, there is a girl named Emma who can float, a boy who can control bees and a woman who can transform into a bird.
The only fault I found with the film was the love story, which was hurried along by the rest of the events happening, but all in all was still a fabulously cute romance.
In comparison to Tim Burton's previous adolescent films such as The Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, and The Nightmare Before Christmas this one is not as Gothic and doesn't have the gore and terror of a dead bride or pumpkin king but it still has some very chilling monsters.
I enjoyed every second of the film and could not take my eyes off the screen, although the certificate was a 12A it felt much older and addressed issues that could really speak to the younger generation.
It was a weird, enlightening, heart-warming movie that provided a great message to our future generations- being different is a triumph, not a fault.
5 STARS- Recommended to all!