The film has its pleasures – but it’s too long, and narrative momentum was never Burton’s strength even in his heyday. Inertia infects every aspect here: the Children are stuck, Jake is stuck, Tim Burton is stuck. In the end, his own special power turns out to be a mixed blessing: the ability to hit the sweet-spot where Gothic fantasy resonates with a mass audience – but only that particular sweet-spot, again and again until his power is exhausted. Miss Peregrine is tired, and finally tiresome.
October 04, 2016