The title to this movie is way too long so I am just going to call it ‘Peculiar Children’. Okay? Okay.
‘Peculiar Children’ is Tim Burton’s newest film about a boy finding the home that his grandfather grew up in and realizing that the stories he was told when he was younger are true. The story itself, or at least the first half of the story, is pretty interesting and totally reminds me of somethng that Burton would read in his study at night. It’s very much a fantasy story but also has enough sci-fi in it to keep it fresh. The problem is that about halfway through, the heart is completely gone along with any fun that was being had in the movie.
I think that the biggest problem with this movie is the choice of pacing. The first half moves in a slow and mystical way, while also lingering too much on certain things. Then the second half kicks in and skips over so much stuff that really could have used an extra couple of seconds. I seems like you can tell that Tim Burton loved telling the story of the Peculiar Home, and once it was time to move on from that he just wanted to finish the movie.
The acting was a non issue in this movie. Everyone played their part exactly how they should have. Enough over-acting to keep the fantasy, but not too over-cooked. Another thing that I really liked about this movie was the music except ONE SCENE where there is some random modern house music that really doesn’t gel with the music in the rest of the film.
In the end, I really think that this movie is worth seeing. I wouldn’t say that Tim Burton is back from making horrible movies, but it’s totally a step in the right direction. This isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s worth checking out.