MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
TIM BURTON'S LATEST FREAK SHOW IS ON ITS WAY
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.