Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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In the novel, Jacob Portman puts together pieces of a puzzle about a “fairy tale” told by his grandfather to prove that there is some truth to his bed time stories. He discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and all who live there, in a whole other world, a different time. While discovering his own peculiarity he must find a way to use it to protect his newfound friends from heinous enemies.

For those of you who read the book in 8th grade English class you’ll either love or hate the movie. I personally enjoyed the movie. Some little details perturbed me though, like how Olive and Emma’s peculiarities are switched. Aside from the changes made, it is a good movie, however, it had the potential to be so much more.

Tim Burton really tried to stray from using many digital effects in the movie which I feel has a sense of connection to the movie, as well as making it personal, which I admire.

The casting was brilliant. Before this movie, I had never heard of Asa Butterfield, (who plays Jake) but now I am definitely a fan.

The beginning of the movie was wonderful, intriguing and captivated me. The problem is the last half of the film was so rushed. I think they tried to include so many aspects of the book, which everyone who read the book first can appreciate, but it ruined the climax of the movie since there was so much going on in a short span of time.

The film as a whole is whimsical and included very lovely visuals and I recommend watching it regardless of the flaws, so stay peculiar!