“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)

I know it’s cliché to say “the book was better,” but yeah, the book was better. You would think that Tim Burton would be able to capture the dark gothic style of Ransom Riggs’ books, and he does in spots, but in some other spots it feels like he’s trying way too hard to create his own “Harry Potter,” putting too much emphasis on the whimsy. Add on top of that, this film chickens out on ending on the original book’s haunting cliffhanger ending in favor of a more conventional Hollywood style happy ending, as if even they didn’t have faith it would do well enough to warrant a sequel. As a film, it’s very watchable, but as an adaptation, it’s sorely lacking.

Rating: 3/5

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