Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Terence Stamp, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney
Creepy. Colorful. Secondary.
Based on the bestselling young adult series, Tim Burton’s latest film about a boy, Jake Portman (Butterfield), reeling from his Grandfather’s bizarre death, and the secret community of strangely gifted children that he discovers isn’t thrilling enough for mass appeal. However, if you enjoy creepy content aimed at younger audiences, in the vein of ’80s classics like Something Wicked This way Comes (1983), there’s a flock of eyeball-digesting scientists in this film that might appeal to you. Not all that inventive in the wake of Potter-mania and all of its clones, but it is entertaining and just the right amount of scary. Eva Green is particularly good in the title role.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-