the story itself is not just a quirky and beautiful one, it hides strong and important links to the real events of the past, so the book is a reminder and an informative fairy tale both. but the film remains just a mysterious story, that's it. all importance of the references is lost.
I've got to admit, besides some very nice visuals at times, this film was pretty much a train wreck from start to finish. It's not a one star because I see it's potential, but the editing, script, acting, cgi, and pretty much everything else was dreadful. The editing especially made me want to vomit. The film felt like a really really long trailer for something much better. Oh well, better luck next time Tim.
This is a nice little movie. But, again, I do enjoy the latest adaptations from YA like "The Girl with All the Gifts" (where gifted kids are reunited, usually for evil purposes of exploitation) a lot more than adventure-dystopia (like the awful Insurgent and the tiresome Hunger Games). Like a fantasy version of this new trend, in a Sense8 for children atmosphere (different groups, different agendas, some bad).
KRYSHKA (Little Tiger) in WONDERLAND. An appointment with adventure, mystery, magic, poetry, imagination. Jacob is both Tintin & Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. Just watched this little gem twice in a row, as refreshing as a dream, compared to superhero usual crp. === BURTON c'est l'aventure, le mystère, la magie, la poésie, l'imaginaire. Le héros, Jacob, est à la fois Tintin et Jimmy dans l’Île au Trésor. Un rêve !
Subtext is incredibly sad. A wounded boy disappears into a story told by his grandfather; a child of the Holocaust who saw men become monsters. In the story, dead children killed by war remain frozen in time. The narrative then becomes an attempt by the boy to reconcile with his grandfather, through death. Burton's imagery is some of the most beautiful of his career, though not always well served by Goldman's script.
At one time I did say that Samuel L. Jackson was a great actor. This was back in the 'Pulp Fiction' days. Now he overacts in everything. Also Mr. Butterfield is a bit flat. Everyone else was good. It was a very imaginative mashup of 100 other books. I like the way they held back the twins until the very end. Now that's a superpower.
I have a blind spot when it comes to a certain kind of fairy tale film. "Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children" is an example. "Pan's Labyrinth" is another. Technically astonishing and wildly imaginative, the stories are joyless, odious and repellent to me. I don't know for whom they are made.
i always love the weird-fantasy like this. and this one actually can be more great and awesome. Honestly, the script is kinda mess and lack of depth of character. and one thing, Eva Green acting is always charming and powerfull, bet she can't get the opportunity to show her great act in this movie. dissapointed but at least quite entertaining.