Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THIS is based on the best-sell­ing 2011 novel by Ran­som Riggs, and is set in a world where cer­tain hu­mans, known as Pe­cu­liars, have ex­tra­or­di­nary pow­ers.

To keep th­ese Pe­cu­liars safe from the ‘nor­mal’ world and other dan­gers, spe­cial homes have been set up in time loops by in­di­vid­u­als like Miss Pere­grine (Green).

But while Miss Pere­grine and her brood of Pe­cu­liars do play piv­otal roles, the story fol­lows Jake Port­man (But­ter­field), who dis­cov­ers that he has a lot in com­mon with the Pe­cu­liars after his grand­fa­ther is mur­dered.

The movie starts off a lit­tle slow, but gets quite in­ter­est­ing, espe­cially when Jake heads to Wales to look for Miss Pere­grine’s Home.

It is dur­ing th­ese scenes that we get a look at the colour­ful world of the Pe­cu­liars and their pow­ers.

The ac­tion also starts pick­ing up closer to the end, but when I say ac­tion, I mean some­thing more child­friendly and fam­ily-ori­ented. There are still a num­ber of very tense mo­ments though.

The young ac­tors do well in bring­ing their char­ac­ters to life. Of course, the main fo­cus is on But­ter­field’s Jake and his love in­ter­est Emma Bloom (Pur­nell), but the rest of the Pe­cu­liars do get a fair amount of screen time for a lit­tle char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment.

The young cast is aided by the likes of vet­er­ans such as Green, Judi Dench and Sa­muel L. Jack­son.

Green is splendid as Pere­grine as the car­ing yet strict ma­ter­nal role well.

Jack­son as the vil­lain Bar­ron is just bril­liant, as he shows a more car­toon­ish side and yet is still able to come across as men­ac­ing.

I was sur­prised at how much I did en­joy the movie.

And I think fans of the books and those who love movies in this genre will defi ni t el y en­joy how Bur­ton has brought this beloved se­ries to life. – Jeremy Cheong Cast: Eva Green, Asa But­ter­field and Ella Pur­nell Direc­tor: Tim Bur­ton E-Value: 7 Act­ing: 7 Plot: 7

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