Trust celebrated director Tim Burton to bring an imaginary world to the big screen in the most spectacular way possible.
With Samuel L. Jackson (playing Barron) again playing a villain, in tow, the moviemaker has taken the classic Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children into that dream space in which imagination is the order of the day. The film is based on Ransom Riggs’s bestselling novel of the same name.
The flick follows misfit teenager Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield), whose life is turned upside down after his grandfather Abraham (Terence Stamp), who is known for telling stories that are more like figments of his imagination and said to be schizophrenic, is murdered. Following the last whispers of his grandfather, Jake then travels to Wales to try to make sense of his grandfather’s last messages and figure out what led to his death.
Traveling with his not so thrilled dad (Chris O’Dowd), at the behest of his therapist Dr Golan (Allison Janney) following the events, Jake has a map that leads him to a ruined old house on the tiny island of Cairnholm. This is the orphanage that his now late grandpa attended as a child, fleeing from Poland and the advance of the Nazis.
Before he knows it, a time-loop transports Jake back to a fateful day in 1943 and lands him outside a home that is populated by strange children known as “peculiars”. The peculiars are kept safe by their astute, fearless and pipe-smoking protector Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), who can transform herself into a peregrine falcon.
The peculiar children have superpowers that range from invisibility to the gift of encouraging rapid growth in some amazing root vegetables. Emma (Ella Purnell), whom Jake falls for, is lighter than air, wearing heavy metal platform boots to prevent her simply floating away. There is also a young girl who can demolish chicken using the mouth cunningly hidden in the back of her head, and extraordinary powers.
With time continuously reset to maintain the status quo, and the kids remaining young in perpetuity, they all have to avoid the attack of the bomb dropping Germans to preserve the home, and also deal with the nasty Barron, who is hunting the orphans, and seems to be immune to their powers, but Miss Peregrine’s.
How long can they avoid falling prey to him and his giant monsters? One thing leads to another, and boom, this lot are thrown into the real world, and the human race is under attack, as the movie moves into overdrive.
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How broken does one have to be to be constantly checking their ex on social media and continue calling them on their phone two years on?
On the face of it, Rachel (Emily Blunt - pictured) is an alcoholic who gets drunk into a stupor, and have no memory of what happened after hitting the bottle, looks like one such hopeless case. As we get introduced to her character on the thriller “Girl on the train” that is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, she seems to be finding it difficult to move on with her life. In fact, making her moving forward journey even more difficult is that her train commute to her job passes her former house and he has to witness her former (Justin Theroux), who seem to understand and defend her stalking habits on them, with her current wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and baby daily.
As days and months pass, she takes interest in a couple – Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Halley Bennett) - that lives next to her ex. Watching them daily creates that “happy and perfect couple” notion in her, and sees what her marriage should have been in them.
But, like we all know, what we see isn’t always the case as far as so called ‘ideal relationships’ are concerned. One day her perfect couple dream gets shattered when she sees Megan kiss a stranger on her terrace. How could she do that to her man, and her (Rachel) emotional involvement?
Shattered and infuriated, she wakes up at her house with a crazy hangover, bruised with blood all around her. What happened, and why is she in this state?
Knowing that something is really wrong, she is shattered when she sees that Megan has disappeared. Do all her bruises have anything to do with this? Alas, Megan is later found dead, triggering the need to consider what real happened.
As the book is written, one gets introduced to the other characters in the movie. One gets to realise what was not going ok in Scott and Megan’s relationship. We also get introduced to this man she saw with Megan on the balcony, and he turns out to be her therapist Dr. Kamal Abdic (as Édgar Ramírez), whom she suspects could be somehow involved in her murder.
Also, Anna gets introduced into the picture, as Rachel starts suspecting she might have something to do with Megan’s death. But, who will believe her story about this, as she has done things that make her look like the suspect, including a suspected kidnapping of her baby, and of course her known drinking problem.
As she gets flashbacks, Rachel starts suspecting the whole world about Megan’s death. But, as she can’t even rely on her unreliable memory, what is true and what is fiction?
A reminder of Gone girl, this suspenseful drama that is also narrated by the three main women in it will get many to really think hard about what they consider to be fact, and force many to really evaluate what they value, and invest their emotions in. It will get you glued to the screen as you try to figure who is who in the zoo, what is fact, and what is fiction.
As events take their course, she might just figure out who she really is, what she is capable off, and have her world turned upside down as everything comes together. By Mandla Motau