Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children fucking rocked!

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Oh yes! Finally, I feel like my search has paid off and a good movie has come across my screen. It is the latest Tim Burton movie and leave it to him to come up with something delightful, rich, not too serious and very rewarding.

The movie is about the kid from Ender’s Game, a little older now, who has a cool relationship with his grandpa. One day, though, just like will eventually happen to all of us, his grandpa gets old and gets his eyeballs plucked out, then dies. So Ender’s Game ends up on a mission, against his stupid dad’s will, to visit this old house for kids in Wales. When he gets there, it’s been bombed by the Nazi’s in an event you might have heard of called the Revolutionary War.

Now, my one complaint with the movie came around this time, where this psychiatrist actually suggested a reluctant father take his grieving child overseas. However, the child DID kinda see a fucking monster. This was slightly unbelievable to me, but it wasn’t that bad. I should point out, I was still very skeptical at this stage of the movie. 

The movie is quickly identifiable as a mutant team-up film but with child actors and a weird, dark, Tim Burton tone. I know – could have been horrible right? Prepare to be shocked.

So Ender (obviously I don’t know his name okay?) falls for the hot girl that can fly but wears iron boots. Here’s immediately what you’ve got to think about: when you wake up, she’s going to be walking around like a goddamn clydesdale. And if you have a crawlspace or a two-story house, that shit is going to be intolerable. Unfortunately, his alternative was a hot redhead who could never give him a “hand” because she had melty-hands.

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loud and stupid

Unfortunately, we learn there are monsters and without going into too much detail because someone is sitting outside listening to LOUD MUSIC AND PISSING ME OFF, I’ll only say the monsters are truly frightening creatures. I loved them. Samuel L. Jackson is also the main villain, which I didn’t realize was going to happen because I didn’t even know he was in it. He’s fucking great – and FUNNY.

See, this movie gets something PERFECT: it never takes itself too seriously, but it never stops being a pretty scary, thrilling adventure you can become easily immersed in. Jackson is battling the clydesdale girl, who can also blow really hard (another reason to pick her), and he mentions she has bad breath – then starts flapping his gums in the wind. u.

As you can imagine, we build to a series of scenes where everyone uses their powers. This is where the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and really scored with me, because I expected the routine series of boring shots. Instead, we flat out sometimes get humor, such as mouth-head girl biting someone who reached for her (funny). Tim Burton then followed that up with the villain being petrified in stone, then shattered on the ground. I couldn’t have gotten much happier around this point and was laughing, audibly, at how cool Burton is for doing this stuff.

Movies have become too timid and manufactured and without risk. Tim Burton doesn’t care. He has a vision and it’s pretty fucked up but he’s going to show it to you and you know what? It’s going to take you on a journey.

The movie wraps up in brilliant fashion, giving us closure but also setting up an easy sequel, which I really hope gets made.

I give this piece of work a 9.5/10. I definitely recommend it.

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