Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the film adaptation of Ransom Rigg’s best selling novel, is a must-see. The movie is 2 hours and 7 minutes long, and rated PG-13. It might be a bit too scary for the younger children, but older kids of all ages will definitely enjoy this feature. I haven’t read the book, so I can’t say how true it stays to the story, but I will absolutely be buying a copy on my next trip to the bookstore. The movie made me want to know more.
The story follows a young teenager, named Jake. After the murder of his beloved grandfather, Jake’s world is turned upside down. His grandfather leaves behind clues specifically for Jake that lead him to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Not only does Jake discover a world of magic he thought only existed in his grandfather’s stories, he also finds out he is “peculiar” himself. Most importantly, Jake learns that it is up to him to save the other children, and even Miss Peregrine herself.
Tim Burton is the director responsible for this masterpiece. This film has a darker tone, like most of his films seem to, but not to the extent of something like Corpse Bride. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has more of the vivid colors and eccentric choices that one might see in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland films. The sets are vivid and beautiful. Tim Burton does an excellent job at taking you out of reality and into a world too amazing to be real.
I also love Tim Burton’s monsters in this film. The creatures, called Hollows, are terrifying. They lost their humanity in an experiment that was meant to provide them with immortality. Now, they can only regain a semblance of their former humanity by feasting on the eyes of peculiar children. Seeing the eyes of one of the antagonists, even when they are in human form, is enough to send chills down your spine.
I loved the casting of Asa Butterfield as Jake. This 19 year old seems to be in everything lately. He is also in The Space Between Us, coming out later this year in December. He’s a rising talent in the entertainment industry and a powerful actor.
Asa also has great chemistry with Ella Purnell, who plays Emma. She is one of the older children, and her peculiarity is the manipulation of air. They make a good team and adorable love interests. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. Of course, Miss Peregrine cannot be left out of the praise herself. Eva Green excels in the role. She adds dimension and mystery to the character, whose life purpose is to be positive and protect peculiar children. Finally, Samuel L. Jackson is a wonderful bonus to this cast. He plays the villain, and couldn’t be more evil!
With an all-star cast and crew, this film is worth a trip to the movie’s. It hits theaters on September 30th. Feel free to fangirl with me over the trailer below.