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.
Starts out promisingly enough, even hinting at a return to form for Burton: a kind of whimsically British X-Men, all teapots and pipes, craggy cliffs and chavs, Nazis and Terence Stamp. But then it decides to stuff in all the usual over-written YA plot machinations, cramming what probably worked well enough in the novel into a rushed, sense-free and frankly boring second half.