Thursday, October 13, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Rhoades)

Front Row at the Movies

“Miss Peregrine’s Home” Has Openings for Odd Students
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Call me crazy, but I want filmmaker Tim Burton to direct my nightmares. He has such a frightening yet beguiling view of the darkside.

Remember his “Corpse Bride”? Or “Sleepy Hollow” with its galloping horseman topped by a pumpkin head? Or “Alice in Wonderland” with its phantasmagorical imagery? Or “Edward Scissorhands” with his sharpened digits? Or creepy but cool “Beetlejuice”?

You get the idea. Burton’s dreamscape is filled with weird inhabitants.

Same is true for his latest film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” It’s currently spooking audiences at Tropic Cinema.

At the Home you will encounter a girl who eats through a mouth in the back of her head (Raffiella Chapman), an invisible boy in a time loop (Cameron King), a boy who has prophetic dreams (Hayden Keeler-Stone), a pyrokinetic teen (Lauren McCrostie), a very strong child (Pixie Davies), a girl who can control the growth of plants (Georgia Pemberton), a teenager who can resurrect the dead for a short time (Finlay MacMillan), a teenager with  bees living in his stomach (Milo Parker), and masked twin brothers (Joseph and Thomas Odwell).

Heading up the Home is Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green), a mysterious headmistress who has been protecting her odd charges from Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson). He’s leader of the Wights, undead human creatures that hunt and kill peculiar children.

All this is seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield), the boy introduced to the school by Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), an aerokinetic girl who can breath away the bottom of the sea with her tsunami breath. Can Jake protect Miss Peregrine’s young charges from the Wights and evil Hollowgasts (tentacle-mouthed humanoid creatures)?

 “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is based on the same-named Young Adult book by Ransom Rigs.

Tim Burton follows suit and aims this movie at kids ... threatening your youngster with troubled sleep.

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