Tim Burton is Tim Burton and Eva Green is a goddess among humans. The ‘Home for Peculiar Children’ is basically Burton’s attempt to create one of his fantasy worlds but doesn’t quite succeed in reinstating the atmosphere of his previous masterpieces like Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and so many others including the underrated Planet of the Apes. For the first hour especially, this movie completely lacks the characteristic Burton touch so much so that you think you are watching a usual children’s fantasy film.
In Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children, one of the few Burton’s movies that doesn’t include Johnny Depp in the cast, Eva Green manages to slay as Miss Peregrin, the headmistress of the orphanage accommodating children with special abilities. Asa Butterfield as the outside kid who discovers a strange world is weak and at times clumsy while Samuel L. Jackson is at his worst. Judi Dench only appears for roughly five minutes.
Towards the last thirty minutes of the film the exaggerations and unnecessary scenes are so many that it ends up as a boring bad special effects action flick.
I rate this movie with 5.5/10.