There are few directors who can mix endearing and weird quite as well as Tim Burton. Now, the man behind Big Fish and Edward Scissorhands is back with another story that looks to be equal parts sweet and scary. Check out the trailer for Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The film stars a perfectly cast Eva Green as the titular Miss Peregrine. Green is able to play strong and sweet in equal measure and this role looks to be tailor-made for her. She runs a home which feels like the cultured English version of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. The description is even more fitting considering the screenplay was written by Jane Goldman, the screenwriter of X-Men: First Class.
Based on the series of books by Ransom Riggs, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) plays Jake, a boy who befriends the children at the house, but is apparently normal. Except he isn’t, of course. Some of the children have very X-Men like abilities like invisibility or being able to fly. Others, on the other hand, are just incredibly strange. Like this sweet little moppet with a second mouth on the back of her head.
There’s much more going on, however, as the children are being threatened and it’s Jake’s job to act as their protector. It’s unclear exactly what they want, but it appears that the forces of evil are being led by Samuel L. Jackson. He looks fairly peculiar himself, though we’re certainly being led to believe he’s not on our side. How can he be, with those eyes?
In addition to Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson, the film also boasts a cast that includes Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, and Allison Janney. If you’re a fan of the visually spectacular style that Tim Burton is known for, then Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children looks to be right up that alley. The movie will certainly have its darkness but it also is full of bright and beautiful images.
What do you think of Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children? As the book series currently has two more entries, we could very well be seeing the beginning of a new franchise. With a release date of September 30, this could be exactly the movie we need to get us out of our post-summer blockbuster funk.