I’ve never written a movie review before so bear with me while I get used to this.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Eva Green (Miss Peregrine), Asa Butterfield (Jake Portman),Samuel L. Jackson (Barron), Judi Dench (Miss Avocet), Rupert Everett (Ornithologist), Allison Janney (Dr. Golan), Chris O'Dowd (Franklin Portman),Terence Stamp (Abraham 'Abe' Portman), Ella Purnell (Emma Bloom), Finlay MacMillan (Enoch O'Conner)...
Summary: When Jake (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is. [20th Century Fox]
The movie Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is based on of a book with the same name by Ransom Riggs, a best-selling novelist. While, I was not a huge fan of the widely popular novel that the movie is based on I did love the adaption. I’ve seen maybe two Burton movies in my life so I didn’t really have any expectations for the film. But, let me tell you, Burton did a fantastic job of incorporating all of the creepiness I found missing from the book into the movie.
One major change made for the movie was why the Hollows hunt the Peculiars. I never would have seen this coming, because it’s just too strange. The Hollows are out for your eyes, guys!
The only other big change I can think of that they made was Oliver and Emma’s powers – instead of Oliver having the power over air and Emma having fire, it is now reversed. Personally, I think the power swap suited the characters and the story much better. As far as changes from the books go, this was definitely not a bad or pointless one.
Overall, I did really love the movie but I did have a few issues with it. Hence, the 8 star rating.
The casting. Why, oh why, did they cast stony faced – unfeeling – can’t tell a joke – Asa Butterfield as the lead role? I’m not terribly familiar with his previous projects, all I know is her was in Merlin when he was in younger and he played some kid in Ender’s Game, a movie I have no intention of watching. Right from the minute Butterfield said his first line, I knew I wasn’t going to be a fan of his acting. I grew to like him more as the movie went on (it was a long ass movie, but it’s worth it) but he had a really rocky start.
Speaking of the casting, I just have one more negative thing to say about it. Why Judi Dench? She was in the movie for maybe 5 minutes, what a complete waste of her time and skills.
On the positive side. A need a moment to gush about the perfect casting for Enoch. This guy was awesome, his acting was brilliant, his accent had me swooning and his character had me torn between disgusted and creeped out the whole time.
Overall, although I had some problems with the movie I did really enjoy it and would definitely go and see a sequel if they made one.
Side note: While this movie isn’t too violent, it is very creepy and graphic. I should definitely not recommend for children under 10. The movie is more suitable for children ages 12+
Side note 2.0: My favourite character was Enoch because that dude is wack. Also, I am totally on board with him and Olive. I have hopped on the train and don’t plan on getting off any time soon.