Film Preview: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Page Revisions:

(March 20, 2016) Original
(June 26, 2016) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#10)
(September 25, 2016) New Posters (#11-#18)

Release Date:

September 30, 2016


From IMDb: “When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.”

Poster Rating: B / C / B- (9) / B / C- / B- (6)

Review: (#1) While this doesn’t quite live up to the bizarreness of a standard Tim Burton film, it’s sufficiently interesting. Identifying each of the figures and their talents is a fun game for all of a couple of minutes, then the remainder of its charm fades.

(#2) It has that sense of otherworldly charm that makes a decent placeholder, but not a primary design. (#3-#10) These character posters have unique backgrounds and each speaks directly to the characters. Those backgrounds aren’t that interesting and neither are the characters.

(#11) Divided between light and darkness, the design is interesting, though its chunky construction doesn’t benefit it. (#12) Graffiti without purpose is not art. (#13-#18) This series of graffiti-inspired character posters are fascinating to look at, but only for a short time as they are fairly limited and feature inconsequential backgrounds.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B

Review: (#1) Things don’t start out precisely as you expect, but as the trailer builds up momentum, you’re caught up in the fascinating world that’s been created and you become slightly hopeful that perhaps Tim Burton’s lackluster 13-year drought may have finally come to an end. And there’s no Helena Bonham Carter or Johnny Depp in sight, which may be why this looks so much better than six of his last seven films.

(#2) That sense of wonder in the first trailer is partly replaced in this trailer with a dire sense of inevitability and danger, which might help set the film up as something a bit darker than the first trailer did.

Oscar Prospects:

Tim Burton’s films have a solid history with Oscar voters. While this won’t make it out of the creative categories, several nominations may be likely.

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