Tag Archives: Tim Burton

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

A PECULIAR “PAGE TO SCREEN” TALE


 

If you’re looking for a film that has dark and quirky and imaginative, then chances are that you’ve probably seen a few movies done by Tim Burton. Director, producer, writer, and animator, Burton has run the whole gambit of filmmaking, showcasing his talents in various projects throughout the years. While he’s had a hand in multiple film genres of movies from quirky fantasies (Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to blockbuster-esque style films (Planet of the Apes, Batman, and Batman Returns), to musicals (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Nightmare Before Christmas), there has always been a “signature” look, feel, and tone to them all, a special touch that only Burton’s creative mind (be it good, bad, or downright kooky) could’ve dreamed up. Like all directors, Burton has had his fair share of success and failures throughout his film career, with more recent film projects falling in the latter category (i.e. Alice Through the Looking Glass). Now, director Tim Burton (along with 20th Century Fox), prepares his newest feature film to the big screen with the “page to screen” adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Does Burton find his groove with this “peculiar” tale or is it failed jump book to film? Read more

Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

THROUGH A “LOOKING GLASS” DARKLY


 

In 2010, Tim Burton unveiled Alice in Wonderland to moviegoers, bringing his wacky and zany taste to Lewis Carroll’s classic story. This live action feature film, which was released by Disney, was interesting as it was presented as sequel story to Carroll’s original piece, finding Alice (as a young adult) and returning to Wonderland (or rather Underland) to fulfill a prophecy in defeating Red Queen and her fearsome Jabberwocky. While the movie was praised for its creativity and wacky / colorful imagery, the movie (as a whole) was faced with mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers, believing that the story was too convoluted and / or too generic as fantasy story or just that Johnny Depp’s character of the iconic Mad Hatter was downright creepy. Despite that, Alice in Wonderland went on to gross over 1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, paving the way for Disney (and other studios) to recreate and reimaging classics / fairy tale stories (i.e. Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz the Great and Powerful, Cinderella, etc.). Six years later, Disney and director James Bobin are ready to go for another Alice adventure with the follow up-sequel film Alice Through the Looking Glass. Is this worth going back down the “rabbit hole” or is it CG “Futterwacken” mess? Read more