Friday, September 30, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I watched this film a few hours ago.  I have to admit, I've been looking forward to watch this film.  I also have to admit that I have not read the book, and I am aware that Tim Burton made some really big changes from the book.  I heard Ransom Riggs (the author) approved of the changes but a lot of the readers are not very approving of it.  I have to admit that it is also weird to watch a Tim Burton's film without the music being scored by Danny Elfman.  But then again, in general, this film is not like most of the Tim Burton's films that I am used to.  Nonetheless, I am still excited to watch another film by Tim Burton.

In general, the film, even though has its dark tones, is not as dark as Burton's usual films.  It's lighter and a little more mainstream.  This is not the best of Tim Burton, but I enjoyed it in its own way.  It is Tim Burton after all, and I do love his works.  Since I have not read the book, so I am in no place to compare and criticize about the changes made to the plot.  So, I am reviewing solely based on the film and how I see it.  I saw an article on how Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has a cast of mostly white actors, and I found it very interesting to think about.  Mainly because it is such a huge issue in Hollywood at the moment that somehow it becomes wrong if a director chooses to have a certain type of cast for his/her film.  I am not saying one is wrong or right, but I have to admit that it is a rather interesting situation to analyze.  It makes me wonder, for someone like Tim Burton, his films are usually with white actors and not much diversity.  But then again, it works for the tone of his films.  I am not trying to defend racism, and I am not saying Tim Burton is racist, but all I'm saying is that his films are kind of dark and pale at the same time, which is probably why a white cast works well in his films.  But, since diversity is something that people of Hollywood is fighting for at the moment, it suddenly becomes an issue for him to deal with.  I don't know Tim Burton personally, so, I can't say for his side if he is being racist or not.  In my own opinion, I don't think he is racist, I think it's just his choice to suit the tone of his films.  Perhaps he can give more diversity into his casting in the future, with technology these days, I'm sure something can be done to maintain the tone of his films, but at the same time, I don't see his choice as a bias act towards the white actors.  Maybe my perception is influenced by the fact that I love his films.  And maybe he should consider having a more diverse cast for his future films.  But at the same time, is it really really wrong now if a director wants a cast that is not as diverse as the public want it to be?  Arts is very subjective, and this include the arts for films as well.  A director may want his/her film to be of a certain tone or style, which might mean he/she needs the majority of the cast to be of a certain race/gender...and I do believe that it should be a freedom a director deserves to have.  It seems like that might be an issue at the moment because apparently if there's no diversity, the film is racist or bias, especially if it's majority of white and/or male actors.  I don't think it will be much of a problem if the majority of the cast is Black or Asian or Middle Eastern or others.  Don't get me wrong, I wish for more diversity in film industry, I really do, but sometimes not all films need it, and we need to know when it is being bias/racist and when it's just for the sake of arts.  

Okay, I kind of stray away from the topic, lets get back to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  I love Eva Green in this, I think she is perfect for the role of Miss Peregrine.  She has a peculiar look that somehow always works for Burton's films.  I think the plot was fine at the start but might feels a little jumpy from the second half.  I can still follow it, it is not terribly complicated for me to understand, but it did made me questioned a few things, which I will not say for the sake of not spoiling it for anyone.  I think there is a lot of holes in the second half that made me questioned things.  But overall I understand how it happens, but at the same time just ended up giving me a lot of "why" in my head.  The plot definitely could be so much better.  This is definitely a type of film that would work so well as a franchise with one or two sequels of its own.  But I'm not sure if this film set off the right tone for it to actually have sequels.  I don't know, for a Burton's film from a Burton's fan, I definitely expected more.  All and all, I still enjoyed it, I'd probably watch it again if I come across it on TV or something.  But was it memorable?  Not really.  Which is kind of sad, considering I've been waiting for this film for months.

Will I recommend this film?  I don't know, I won't say don't watch it because I did enjoy it.  If you're neutral towards Tim Burton then I think it will be fine.  If you haven't read the book, I think you will enjoy it as well.  For the fans of the book, and Tim Burton, keep an open mind.  If I am to rate this film from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I give this film 6/10 ^_^

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