Description: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.
Director: Tim Burton
Staring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield
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I don’t really remember much about reading Miss Peregrine. Outside of being bored. And worrying that the super creepy photos mean the book would be super creepy. But it wasn’t creepy at all.
Luckily, the movie was much more exciting for me. I think Tim Burton did an excellent job visualizing and adapting the text into an enjoyable movie. On the Tim Burton scale of movies, Miss Peregrine is closer to Beetlejuice (fun with some scary moments) to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Sweeny Todd side (just out-right disturbing). Plus, thankfully, no sign of Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter.
Miss Peregrin ups the creepy factor. To PG-13 – not too creepy. But creepy enough for me. As Jake discovers the kids, the monsters, the bad guys, his own peculiarity, we discover them as well. All work in conjunction to make the plot of the movie flow.
I was impressed with all of the actors, particularly the peculiar children. There’s nothing like seeing a little girl, who probably weighs 50 lbs wet, heft around a couch or giant carrot to make the movie magic believable. I was also notably impressed with Eva Green. I could see her concern for the children in every action, especially when she is sacrificing herself for their safety. Very emotional!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an overall entertaining romp. See it if you haven’t already. I think it will make a great Halloween weekend activity.
Overall rating: B+