Not one, but two book to movie adaptations grace our screens this week. One is semi decent (yay!), the other… not so much.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Age Restriction: 10–12PG H V
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 realises that safety is just an illusion, and that 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.
Visually sumptuous, Tim Burton has officially reached peak-Burton-ness with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Most surprisingly (and thankfully) without the help of Johnny Depp and/or Helena Bonham-Carter. That being said, there are plot-holes you could lose many small children in, and said small children are rather flat and two dimensional actors as well. I don’t particularly care though. The story still looks interesting, the movie definitely looks gorgeous, but mainly I’m all for seeing Eva Green in her Penny Dreadful-esque get up again.
The Girl on the Train
Age Restriction: 16 D L S V
Rachel is devastated by her recent divorce, and spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple that lives in a house that her train passes every day, until, one morning she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
I found the Paula Hawkins novel really difficult to get in to, and when I found out they were making a movie of it, I thought well never mind, I’ll just watch that instead. Maybe I should have read the rest of the book though, because despite Emily Blunt’s outstanding performance, the rest of The Girl on the Train is pretty rubbish. Cheesy, lacklustre and completely devoid of suspense, this is hurtling more towards train-wreck territory than anything else.
Age Restriction: 10–12PG V
A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Delightful and beautifully put together, Café Society delivers the quintessential Woody Allen experience, but one crafted with love and nostalgia, instead of a just-cashing-in-the-cheque mentality. Performances by the leads and supporting cast alike are charming, and along with the lovely visuals, carry this film to a respectable set of critic scores.
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Last Updated: October 7, 2016