MISS PERE­GRINE’S HOME FOR PE­CU­LIAR CHIL­DREN

TIM BUR­TON'S LAT­EST FREAK SHOW IS ON ITS WAY

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The Essential Movie Preview - Nick Setch­field

Eter­nal cham­pion of the mis­fit Tim Bur­ton is back with an­other call to arms for so­ci­ety’s out­siders. Based on the best­selling novel by Ran­som Riggs – a book in­spired by a true-life cache of creepy vin­tage pho­to­graphs – it’s the tale of a house­ful of or­phans gifted with ex­tra­or­di­nary pow­ers.

“Some­one ac­tu­ally asked me in an in­ter­view two years ago, ‘If there was one di­rec­tor you could work with, who would it be?’” star Asa But­ter­field tells SFX. “And I said ‘Tim Bur­ton’. A few months later I get a script, with the words ‘Di­rected by Tim Bur­ton’ on it… I’m like, ‘God, this is it!’

“It’s a real Tim movie, if you know what I mean. It’s to­tally up his street. He’ll do a bet­ter job than any­one else of cap­tur­ing this world, which is sur­real and fan­tas­ti­cal and also gothic and weird. And that’s just Tim!”

But­ter­field plays Ja­cob, a seem­ingly or­di­nary boy caught in the bat­tle be­tween Miss Pere­grine’s ex­tra­or­di­nary brood and the crea­tures hunt­ing them. He’s joined by ris­ing star Ella Pur­nell, Sa­muel L Jack­son and, as the enig­matic, shape-shift­ing mis­tress of the or­phan­age, Eva Green.

“This movie is all about in­di­vid­u­al­ity,” says But­ter­field. “It shows how the kids learn to show off their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, their pe­cu­liar­ity, and what makes them dif­fer­ent. Nowa­days peo­ple are shunned for be­ing dif­fer­ent. This movie flips that on its head. It says em­brace your dif­fer­ences. Make the most of them. These peo­ple form a fam­ily be­cause they’re all out­casts.”

Beats tak­ing the dog for a walk.

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