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Burton flick enthralls with visuals, captivating performances

reproduced by permission of 20th Century Fox

reproduced by permission of 20th Century Fox

Annabel Park, Staff writer

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Tim Burton’s new movie, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, captivates the audience and leaves them wanting more.

The story revolves around a boy, Jake (Asa Butterfield), who sets out on a mission to find a home his grandfather (Terence Stamp) told him about when he was young and asked him to look for in his dying breath. Jake convinces his parents to take him to Wales so he can visit the home and to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s death – and the peculiar children, kids born with unusual powers. With his newfound knowledge, Jake must decide if he will take on this dangerous journey or pretend he did not see anything.

Tim Burton once again excels at visual effects – the details that went into the film were awe-inspiring.

The movie’s monsters looked realistic. An impressive scene I recall is when a monster gets a hold of one of the children and is opening its mouth and extending its tongue to look for the child’s eyes. This scene left the audience in the theatre on the edge of their seat and in hopes that nothing happened to the child.
Not only were the visual effects stellar, but the background music and the sound effects were fantastic. They helped to capture the attention of the viewers and the creepy and eerie sounds in the background enhanced the movie even more.

The acting delivered was magnificent. Every character had their own unique personality – I could not help but fall in love with all of them. There’s Emma (Ella Pumell), who has to wear lead shoes to so she doesn’t fly away. Olive (Lauren McCrostie) has to wear gloves so she doesn’t accidentally set anything on fire. There’s also a boy who can project images with his eyeballs. These are just a few of the children who make an appearance.

My favorite part in the movie is when Jake and all the peculiar children stand outside of their home and wait for Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) to turn back time, this happens every night at the same time. If you want to know why they do this, watch the movie and find out.

The comedic, dramatic and romantic scenes all fit well into the movie and the interaction between the actors flow naturally throughout the development of the plot.

Twists and turns permeate the story and leave the audience frantically guessing as to what will happen next.

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