MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Review & Analysis

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is based on a trilogy of the same name written by Random Riggs. It’s about a boy named Jake (Asa Butterfield) who discovers his late-grandfather’s tales of children with unusual talents and stories about a woman who can turn into a bird are all true. The children are hunted for their powers and Jake steps in to help. Tim Burton (PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, BIG EYES, BIG FISH, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND) directs this adaptation.

However, this is less ‘adaptation’ than it is ‘very loosely inspired by’ as the entire second half of the movie is different from the books.  The pacing of the movie is actually remarkably similar to the books: slow.  The action sequences feel muted and the expected build in intensity never happens. Most of the movie is shot with a blue filter, so everything feels very cold and stark, though the filter also gives things an almost heightened sense of reality, which also work to slow the passage of time.

For more about MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, including notable performances of cast and crew, take a look below:

 

 

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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Review & Analysis

A review and analysis of FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. It’s the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. The movie stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.

Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins in a movie of the same name.  She’s a wealthy woman who wants to be a singer, despite her terrible voice.  Meryl Streep is always good, but this movie really belongs to Hugh Grant.  The love his character, St Clair Bayfield, felt for Florence was apparent in every scene.  This is perhaps the most real that Hugh Grant has ever been on screen.

The set decoration and costume departments also stood out with their use of rich textiles such as raw silk and chenille.  The movie was lush with textures.

The movie poses itself as a lesson in adversity, Florence against the world in her quest to perform despite her vocal shortcomings.  However, she has been completely insulated from the truth of her singing voice by her husband, friends and teachers.  Can she really be considered brave when she doesn’t know what’s a bad singer?

For more details about themes, symbolism and eagle eye details to watch for in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, take a look below…

 

 

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