I went to the movies alone today. I pretty much always go alone because my husband just can’t handle most of the movies that I want to see. This is just fine with me. I don’t have to worry if he’s going to like it. He will go see the superhero movies, so at least there’s that.
Today, I saw Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. I am a huge fan of Tim Burton and he didn’t disappoint! I found the story thoroughly enjoyable and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I must say the horrible long-legged, long-armed characters were quite terrifying. And if you are squeamish about eyeballs, well, good luck. This movie just took it to a whole new level.
One of my favorite scenes was the fighting skeletons. Who doesn’t love a good fighting dead sea-goer? It harkened me back to the 1989 classic, Sinbad of the Seven Seas. I remember this airing each year and my brother and I being so excited to see it. Okay, maybe not as excited as V, the best summer movie- EVER, but still a close second. Oh… unless you count Watership Downs, but we’ll not talk about that sad bunny movie.
Back to Sinbad… In a single photo (see below), they look pretty similar, but how far animation has come! Peregrine’s fighters barely missed a beat, unless you count the poor fellow that lost his head on a midway game. But I do remember as a little girl the creepy sensation of watching the Legion of Darkness step up to destroy Sinbad. I can still recall watching their eerie movements on the TV screen and getting that sick feeling in my stomach which now I call fear. (I was an impressionable young thing!)
|Sinbad's enemies, the Legion of Darkness|
|Miss Peregrine's fine fighter|
So kudos to Burton for bringing back the fighting skeletons. Bravo! At one point I was so excited I almost let out a Howard Dean scream. It would have been brilliant, but then I remembered I was a single movie goer and must act accordingly, which is to not draw any attention to myself. Peregrine was a refreshing Tim Burton thriller I was hoping it would be.