The first full trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Ransome Riggs‘ beloved novel, has arrived, and there’s no doubt that this is a Burton film. The use of color, make-up, and general production design are a dead giveaway for what has become the recognizable aesthetic for Burton’s films, beginning in the early aughts with such works as Big Fish and his unfairly derided take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Despite the general consensus that Burton has softened and become less inventive in his recent years, he has turned out a few minor masterworks, including Dark Shadows, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Frankenweenie. The look of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is similar to Dark Shadows, as is the narrative arc, at least from the first look of things. The trailer focuses mainly on the plethora of special-powered youngsters at the titular home, most prominently Asa Buttefield‘s Jacob, run by the head mistress of the title (Eva Green), but we do get a gander at Samuel L. Jackson‘s Barron and a monster that looks like a more elaborate version of one of the mutts from The Hunger Games.
Whether this will all end up being a more expressive, nuanced vision of the power of idiosyncrasies, like Dark Shadows, or a less rousing, safe one-off like Alice in Wonderland or Big Eyes is still very much up in the air, and will remain there until September 30th, when the film is released. For the time being, its intriguing enough to warrant further interest, but only up to a point.
Here’s the first trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children:
On top of the first full trailer, 20th Century Fox has released a new poster for Burton’s latest. Check out the poster below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children:
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.