Movies reviewed this week: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon, Storks and Bollywatch: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (Starring Sushant Singh Rajput).
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
If there’s one movie that has been on my bucket list this year, it has to be Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
The visionary director is at his best when he’s dealing with the quirky, darker side of life, to put it mildly.
From Beetlejuice to Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands and Batman, Burton has an undeniable knack for unusual characters and dark plots – and that’s
one of the reasons why I’m a big fan.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows Jake (Asa Butterfield) as he uncovers a number of clues that takes him from his “ordinary” life in Florida to a place that spans reality and time via his grandfather. What he finds is a group of children and the pipe-smoking Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), who are stuck in a time loop, in 1943.
Each child has “unusual” gifts: one who is as light as air, another who is invisible and a little girl who is stronger than 10 men combined, for instance, while Miss Peregrine can change into a bird. While Jake’s journey is one of self-discovery, he also comes to realise that the safety of the children and Miss Peregrine is his responsibility – and fighting frightening enemies will take more than just himself. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson and the legendary Judi Dench, the special effects are first rate.
Review by Felicity Glover.
Hands up who remembers the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in America’s Gulf of Mexico? This gripping real-life movie should serve as a definite reminder of the world’s largest man-made disaster, in which the BP-operated off-shore rig exploded, killing 11 people and spewed three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Walhberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and the brilliant John Malkovich, Deepwater Horizon focuses on the human side of the story rather than the environmental impact of the disaster. Unsurprisingly, BP has been highly critical of the movie but then again there’s no avoiding what happened nor could you make the story up. A great movie with a fantastic cast.
We all know the role that storks have played in delivering newborns – or at least that was the story my parents told me when I was young and wanted to know where babies came from. “A stork brings them,” they would say, grinning. However, according to the movie Storks, they’ve now moved up in the world and are delivering packages for an internet retail company, as one does in the 21st century. But trouble comes knocking when a baby girl needs to be delivered and it’s against company policy. But Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg), the top deliverer, teams up with his friend Tulip (Katie Crown) to achieve the impossible before their boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out. Also starring Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell, Storks is a fun movie for kids and parents alike.
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
The story of India’s national cricketing hero, M.S. Dhoni, comes to life in this quality bio-pic starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher and Kiara Advani. But it’s not just for cricket fans; it’s an inspirational story that will appeal to many. That said, Dhoni – who became the pride of a nation after captaining India to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup – will be a huge hit with cricket fans. From the dusty roads of Ranchi to the hallowed grounds of Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Dhoni’s story is one that will garner fresh respect and admiration for the talented athlete, who also happens to be a true gentleman. In Hindi, with subtitles.