Tim Burton is such an interesting director, and human being for that matter. I don’t just mean that in his talent, but more in the way his career has gone, which some could say is the most unique, and uniquely successful of any director in history. I mean this with regards to being able to stick to and honour a very specific way or telling a story, or at least a very specific tone of film he likes to make. I don’t think you could ever argue he doesn’t make exactly what he wanted to make.
Having said that, I often see his films as hit and miss, with some being pretty damn amazing, and others just either being so odd, or with such a strange twist on what story is being told, that it comes off as bad, or at the very least too odd for my liking. Though as I said, he must be given props for what he has been able to achieve and how much freedom he has been given to fully realise his particular vision when it comes to his films.
With knowing pretty much nothing about this film or the book it was based on, meant I was a pretty blank slate going into it. Which, I think was a good thing. The problem is though, that when I started to see some rather glaring narrative and logic holes with the story, especially with the time travel aspect, meant I was more harsh with my criticism than I may have been if I knew the book before it. Regardless of that, and a few other things that seemed a little too kid literature lite fantasy adventure for me, I still felt that overall I did like the film. Far from his best, and far from his worst, but a solid kids film either way.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!