Release Date: 4 January 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson
We challenged a friend, who hadn’t heard of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, to guess the director. With scarcely a second’s thought they proffered, “Tim Burton?” The title screams Burton’s affinity for the offbeat, the out there – the, well, peculiar. From Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood to – uh, we’ll shoom past our word count if we keep listing – he’s championed the underdog. Such is the case here, with this visual movie feast based on a visual novel feast, Ransom Riggs’ book of the same name. It centres upon young social outcast Jake (Asa Butterfield), and the murder of his beloved grandpa. The manner of his grandfather’s death causes Jake to realise that his fantastic tales of monsters and more weren’t mere fiction, leading him to Wales. Here Jake discovers the home of the title, the appropriately birdlike Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and her youthful charges – each of whom are, duh, peculiar! With invisible types to the super-strong, floaty, fiery and beyond, Jake discovers that he belongs – and is critical to the survival of his newfound, time-travelling family. It’s grand adventure – and without a Depp (or Elfman) in sight!