The eccentric Mr. Burton never fails us in creating movie characters that have peculiar styles and inner goth vibes, neither animation nor alive. Call em’ Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deetz , Ichabod Crane, Ed Bloom, Sweeney Todd, Victor Van Dort or perhaps Mr. Oogie Boogie. Did I mention that these are dominated by Johnny Depp’s performances? Oh yes he did dominate and nothing will separate Depp and Burton.
However- what we can’t ignore in reality- it seems that in a long term relationship, people always change. And now the director has gotten rid of Depp and has instead formed a new world in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”.
A young star, Asa Butterfield plays the main character Jake, a 16 years old cursed by nightmares following a family tragedy. Because of Jake’s therapist’s advice, he sets sail on an overseas journey to find a place where he belongs, an orphanage where his late grandfather claims to have once lived. His destination turns out to be an entrance for children whose abilities are not accepted in the normal world- precisely looks like a classic Burtonesque setting.
Burton admitted that he found inspirations from vintage photographs like a shot of a levitating girl that have been collected by the author of best-selling novel, Ransom Riggs from a flea market and included in the book. A female character that has been revived to Burton’s latest fantasy will remind us to Marry Poppins but, of course, in a creepy version.
Eva Green plays as the title character, a magical guardian who looks after the children with strange powers and protects them from hungry monsters, called Hollow. As in the Dark Shadows- the unfortunately-not-so-favorable horror comedy- Green will have an ability to float into the air too and she can even turn into a bird!
Due September 30, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children safely passed into cinematic park with a typical Burtonesque theme such as an ‘unlikely romance’ combines with a ‘weird family’. So, are you ready for the peculiar? Miss Peregrine is delighted to meet you!
Words by Mahda Maria