MISS PEREGRINE is jam-packed with ideas, particularly on an aesthetic level (typical Tim Burton). It’s nice to see Burton acknowledge that other colours exist, and the world he has created with author Ransom Riggs is vivid and pleasingly warped. He really gets to go to down on the macabre, to the extent that some images might be too disturbing for the young (stuff involving eyes and corpses). The mythology is admittedly awkwardly introduced and the film as a whole is a bit too long, but it’s a lot of fun to watch Eva Green and Samuel L Jackson chewing scenery voraciously and the action is fun and varied throughout. My highlight: puppeteer of homunculi Enoch (Finlay MacMillan) raising a squad of skeletons a-la JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS to fight invisible monsters on Blackpool Pier. I never thought the grand finale of anything would be set in Blackpool, but I’m pleased Burton saw the strange potential in the place. SSP
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