A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.
|Release Date||:||September 28, 2016|
|Genres||:||Drama, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Production Company||:||Ingenious Media, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Chernin Entertainment, Tim Burton Productions, Big Screen Productions, Scope Pictures, TSG Entertainment, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Tim Burton, Lizzie Pritchard|
|Writers||:||Ransom Riggs, Jane Goldman|
|Casts||:||Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Milo Parker, Cameron King, Finlay MacMillan, Callum Wilson, Kim Dickens, Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Georgia Pemberton, Raffiella Chapman, Hayden Keller-Stone, Joseph Odwelll, Thomas Odwell, Louis Davison, Jack Brady, Philip Philmar, Scott Handy, Helen Day, Aiden Flowers, Nicholas Oteri, O-Lan Jones, Ella Wahlestedt, Cameron Greco, Dino Fazzani, Justin Davies, Brooke Jaye Taylor, Jennifer Jarackas, George Vricos, Shaun Thomas, Dafydd Hywel, Ioan Hefin, Andrew Fibkins, Jack Fibkins, Badria Timimi, Jill Buchanan, Erik Lunseth, Jason Redshaw, Joanne Manchester, Vic Waghorn, Terry Li, Julie Eagleton, Neil Broome, Tim Burton|
|Plot Keywords||:||time travel, orphan, superpower|
I am not very familiar with Tim Burton's work (only watched a handful of his movies), neither have I read the book, so I will review this movie as it is, without comparing it to the usual craftsmanship of Mr. Burton nor the characters or events as depicted in the source material.
I found the movie entertaining, and at no point did I wonder "How long more is this going to be?" Any movie that never prompts me to ask this question automatically gets a 6 out of 10.
Many reviews mentioned about huge plot holes in the movie, but I never really understood what the plot holes were that make this a terrible movie. I thought the story was quite easy to follow, even with all the time loops, and makes sense in the make-believe world that we are watching. I usually have trouble making sense of time- travel stories, so the ability to simplify complicated concepts and making it easy to understand for me deserves another star for intelligence. Though probably it wasn't easy enough for a seven year-old to comprehend.
I also thought the soundtrack was quite good, I actually stayed till the credits finished rolling to enjoy the music. This, along with the camera work, gets another star to make it 8 out of 10.
To be honest, if the voting score is in increment of 0.5, I would be more inclined to vote it 7.5 out of 10. I don't expect character development for all the "peculiar children" in a movie like this (that would perhaps be more fitting for a drama series), but the acting can be improved. Eva Green has the best "on-screen presence", but she doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the movie, so a bit of patience is necessary. Also I found the editing a bit too abrupt at some points, but that's about all the complaints I have.
I am quite satisfied with the movie, considering the amount of bad reviews I have been exposed to. :)