“Nostalgia atmosfer Halloween khas Tim Burton, dalam bentuk petualangan fantasi anak-anak”
Ketika Jacob menemukan rahasia untuk memasuki dunia dan waktu yang lain, dia menemukan rumah Miss Peregrine untuk anak-anak dengan kemampuan luar biasa. Tetapi misteri menjadi semakin dalam dan kelam setelah Jacob mengenal anak-anak tersebut lebih jauh. Tidak hanya itu, Jacob juga menemukan musuh kejam yang sedang memburu mereka. Pada akhirnya, Jacob menemukan kemampuan spesial yang selama ini ia miliki.
Growing up, Jake (Asa Butterfield) developed a tight bond with his grandfather, Abraham (Terence Stamp), enjoying his bedtime stories about a home for children with unique abilities, run by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). When Abraham is killed by unseen forces in Florida, Jake is determined to discover if the tales were true, joining his distracted father Franklin (Chris O’Dowd, delivering a shockingly bad America accent) on a trip to Wales, hoping to find Miss Peregrine’s home. Locating a bombed out shell of a building, Jake is soon confronted by Emma (Ella Purnell), a special girl with aerokinetic powers who’s willing to bring the confused boy to meet Miss Peregrine in the year 1943. Learning about time loops and Miss Peregrine’s position as a powerful witch-like Ymbryne, Jake also greets the rest of the residents, called “Peculiars,” including strong girl Bronwyn (Pixies Davies), pyrokinetic Olive (Lauren McCrostie), and Enoch (Finlay MacMillan), who can briefly resurrect the dead. While enchanted by his new friends, threats soon arrive in the form of monstrous Hollowgasts and Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the Wights, who hunt peculiars for their special powers.
“Miss Peregrine” doesn’t open with any sort of investment in exposition, setting up a tale about a boy who loves his grandfather, enjoying his wild tales and vintage photos of the Peculiars, buying into his world while his parents enjoy drinks and television. They build a bond, and one that’s eventually challenged by a strange death, inspiring Jake to travel and discover if Miss Peregrine’s home is actually real. While nothing in Jane Goldman’s screenplay (an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs book) is simple, “Miss Peregrine” starts off with attainable emotional and fantasy goals, tracking Jake’s progress as he explores Wales (greeted by hostile, cruel locals) and the ruins of the home, eventually meeting Emma, making his way back in time to interact with Miss Peregrine and the rest of the Peculiars.
Introductions are the highlights of “Miss Peregrine,” with the Peculiars clearly the stars of the show. They are fascinating characters with traditional Burton-esque ornamentation, emerging as a kind of “X-Men” squad, only they’re endowed with oddball abilities, such as the power to project dreams and grow enormous produce, while one little girl has a second face on the back of her head. Burton couldn’t find more appropriate material to direct, and time at the home with the children is exciting and amusing, watching Jake settle in with his new friends, which sparks tensions, romantic and otherwise (the young actors are terrific, and blessed with fascinating faces).
However, “Miss Peregrine” doesn’t remain in one place for very long, tasked with explaining an entire universe built on the concepts of time loops, Hollowgasts, and Wights, and soon the weight of exposition comes to suffocate the movie, transforming it into a game of tell instead of show. What begins with atmosphere and enticing ambiguity soon devolves into character monologues that attempt to connect the narrative dots, stopping the picture to make sure the audience is caught up on new concepts and threats.
While “Miss Peregrine” is never a lively picture, early spirit is soon sucked out of the effort, leaving the second half mechanical as plot invades what was once a film devoted to discovery. Burton doesn’t handle the shift well, eventually losing control of the movie as it lumbers to a close, increasing visual effects while personality is slowly wiped away. For a film about strange encounters, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” becomes awfully conventional in its final act, fully assuming the role of a breathless YA adaptation that’s dulled by the demands of reader expectation. Burton tries to pack it all in, but his heart doesn’t seem invested in the production. Early promise for a throwback adventure highlighting mischief and wonder is eventually ruined by the needs of a burgeoning franchise.