Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Movie)
Released by 20th Century Fox on 29 September 2016
Length: 2h 7m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd, Ella Purnell.
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Three years ago, I read a book called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and while I loved it, I didn’t find it as scary as I hoped it would be. Still, the story and the pictures were great, and so I picked up book two and book three. Then, I heard there was going to be a movie, and one of my favourite directors of all time would direct it, and I was thrilled. The movie was first to be released in September 2016, but suddenly got pushed back to December. Then, later on, it got pulled forward to September again, which I was really happy about. Trailers came, pictures were released, some things got changed, but I was excited nonetheless!
Miss Peregrine’s tells the story of Jacob Portman who grew up with his grandfather Abe’s stories of the strange orphanage he grew up in on an island in Wales. When Abe mysteriously dies, Jacob and his father go on a trip to Cairnholm to find out more about the orphanage. There, Jacob meets Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children and embarks on an adventure he will never forget.
I honestly loved this movie, so much! I already knew I was going to love it, but there was this little nagging voice in the back of my mind going on about how the movie could be awful. But yeah, I trusted Tim Burton to deliver, and he did! I decided not to reread the book before seeing the movie, and I think that helped as well. I honestly want to stop comparing adaptations to their books, because I feel like that could ruin my opinion on a movie (or a book).
What also helped, was the incredible cast this movie has. Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, they were all cast perfectly and they really brought the characters from the books, or rather the people from the images to life. The children were all amazing as well, and I loved that they all got a chance to show off their powers. I didn’t even mind the fact that they’d switched up Emma and Olive’s powers (Emma got the floating and more, Olive got the fire) because it all fit so well into the movie.View Spoiler »They did, however, change the ending quite majorly, partly I guess to give it a happier ending because from what I recall from the book it didn’t really end on a happy note. They added some elements from the second book and I believe the third one as well (though I don’t remember that much of the books, time for a reread soon). It does make me feel like they are not going to adapt the other two books into movies, and that honestly makes me sad because this movie was so great! « Hide Spoiler
There was only one small detail about the movie that I didn’t enjoy so much. The romance between Emma and Jacob. It kind of felt forced in my opinion, and there was just too much cut from the book that made it feel a bit weird. View Spoiler »I mean yeah in the book it’s also kind of weird that Emma had a thing with Abe, Jacob’s grandfather, and then fell for Jacob as well but at least it felt less weird than the movie version. « Hide Spoiler
But in the end, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a great movie, and it’s certainly a movie I will be watching more than once. If you loved the book, and you’re curious about the movie, check it out. If you love Tim Burton movies, definitely check this out. Just go and check this movie out, okay?!
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