Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the upcoming film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel, as well as the latest piece of darkly off-beat and fantastical storytelling from director Tim Burton. The movie features Eva Green, star of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful TV series and costar of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows TV show adaptation, as the eponymous Miss Peregrine: a magical caretaker who watches and cares for the children known as “Peculiars” due to their unusual abilities and qualities – be it having the power to manipulate fire, being able to control air, or having a razor-teethed mouth in the back of their head.
The first trailer for the Miss Peregrine’s Home movie adaptation (which is being released by 20th Century Fox) highlights the abilities of the various “Peculiars” in the film, as seen through the eyes of Jacob (Asa Butterfield): the young man who goes looking for Miss Peregrine and her children, after hearing stories about them from his late grandfather. A second trailer for Burton’s new movie has now been unveiled, delving deeper into the mythology of the film’s fantasy universe – including, both its forces for good and for evil.
Fox previously released a viral teaser for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children based around the notion of time loops and, in particular, “Loop Day”. Although that teaser didn’t mean much to anyone who had not already read Riggs’ source material, the newest Miss Peregrine’s Home trailer provides context for that teaser – revealing that the “Peculiars” are protected through magic that creates a 24-hour long time loop (among other magical means). However, even that might not be enough to keep the “Peculiars” safe from the dangerous creatures (one of which is played by Samuel L. Jackson) that are hunting them, as is also made clear in the film’s second trailer.
Adapted for the big screen by Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Woman in Black), the world and characters of Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book appear to have been brought to life in the movie version in Burton’s trademark visually-stylized manner, judging by the trailer footage released to date. The themes and the quirky nature of Riggs’ source material certainly lies within Burton’s wheelhouse – as a director who tends to tell stories about those who live on the fringes of society due to their unique (and, to others, frightening) characteristics. As others have noted already, right off the bat the Miss Peregrine’s Home universe sounds like “X-Men envisioned by Tim Burton,” for the same reasons.
Burton’s most recent work as a filmmaker isn’t generally regarded to be as innovative as his output back in the 1990s and early 2000s – be it either his better-received films of late (Frankenweenie, Big Eyes) or his movies from the past decade that garnered a lukewarm reception, at best (Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows). Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children may not be able to buck that trend either, seeing as it is so similar to Burton’s previous work in many ways (as mentioned before). With a capable cast and a whimsical story scripted by Goldman in hand, Miss Peregrine’s Home is shaping up as an otherwise perfectly solid offering from Burton, nonetheless.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens in U.S. theaters on September 30th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox