16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place with ”peculiars”, people who have paranormal powers and find themselves threatened by monsters that only they can see; of course, Butterfield also turns out to be a ”peculiar”. A little messy and overlong, but engaging and boosted by its cast and a dark, visually dazzling world in 3D, crafted by Burton’s team of talents.
2016-U.S. 127 min. Color. Directed by Tim Burton. Novel: Ransom Riggs. Music: Michael Higham, Matthew Margeson. Cast: Asa Butterfield (Jake Portman), Eva Green (Alma LeFay Peregrine), Samuel L. Jackson (Mr. Barron), Ella Purnell (Emma Bloom), Terence Stamp, Judi Dench… Allison Janney, Rupert Everett.
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