"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and "Deepwater Horizon" | Movie Reviews

As we get closer to awards season, the film releases are finally going to get more interesting. However, we're not quite there yet, and this weekend's two major releases ranged from "OK" to "pretty good" for me. The new Tim Burton movie Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (read my book review here) was something I've been looking forward to, as it seemed like the perfect project for the director. Though I didn't love the book, one of my biggest issues there was the pacing so I hoped condensing it into a film would solve at least some of the issues. However, it seems nothing can help this story when the protagonist is just plain dull and lacks any kind of personality so, while I did enjoy the movie more than the novel, I was still far from loving it.

When it came to the disaster thriller, Deepwater Horizon, I was definitely pleasantly surprised. While it may take its time setting up the work dynamic on the oil rig, and showing the ins and outs of the process, once the disaster part kicks in—it keeps the viewers at the edge of their seats. This film offers some of the best disaster action you'll ever see, as well as very convincing performances from the entire cast. And of course, the fact that it's based on real events adds a certain weight to the story. It may not be the best film I've seen all year, but it definitely was an impressive visual spectacle.

For more detailed thoughts on both of these movies check out the video below!