We follow the story of Jake (Asa Butterfield), a teenager who grew up hearing tales about his grandpa's (Terence Stamp) childhood at a children's home, which was run by the wonderful Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). At his home, he lived with a bunch of other kids, all of whom have abilities and powers of their own. When Abe, Jake's grandpa, dies, Jake is sent into a depressed and emotional state, constantly at therapy, and to help cope with his loss, he goes on a trip with his dad (Chris O'Dowd) to the island where Abe grew up, and it's here that Jake discovers the children's home, and with this discovery comes an adventure of his own.
The real winner here is Eva Green, who previously worked with Burton in the strange, but somewhat enjoyable Dark Shadows back in 2012, and she's even better here. Ever since her appearance in Casino Royale, in which she gave what I might even consider my favourite performance of hers yet, I've been a fan, and time after time she manages to knock it out of the park. The films she's in rarely seem to be perfect, but her performances are always great, and the same goes for this movie. She's clearly having fun with the role, as it is an extravagant and out of the world character, and she couldn't have been more fitting for it.
Clocking in at two hours and seven minutes, however, proved to be quite the chore. I haven't read the book, I have no prior connection to these characters or this world, and as a first time viewer, there simply did not need to be as much exposition as there was. It takes well over an hour for the plot to set in motion, and nothing much really happens until the third act, really. Every aspect of the story was being told in great detail, yet none of it was adding to anything. I already knew all I needed to know from the initial introductions. I didn't need to be spoon fed every single little tiny detail, yet spoon fed I was.
To sum up, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a lengthy, exposition-heavy and not so friendly family movie, and while it has a ton of flaws, and I will be honest, I wasn't digging it for the first 20 minutes, but it did manage to step things up a notch, resulting in a fun and exciting adventure.