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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 127min
  • 63%
  • 6.7 / 10

After a tragic death befalls his grandfather, 16-year-old Jake ventures into a quest back on September 3, 1943, in a remote island. There, he meets Miss Peregrine and a group of children who live in a time loop. Jake soon realizes that he has special abilities like Miss Peregrine and the rest of the children. Later, Jake learns that he must help them from creatures that pose a threat to their lives.

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20th Century Fox optioned the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs in May 2011. Later that year, Tim Burton came on board with the project as a director. He was also given a chance to select the screenwriter for the film. It was not long before Jane Goldman was employed to write the screenplay for the film. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children premiered on September 25, 2016, at the Fantastic Fest and went into a wide theatrical release in the U.S. five days later. It garnered a total of $300 million worldwide vis-à-vis a production budget of only $100 million. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics and viewers. IGN critic Samantha Ladwig acknowledged that the film left viewers with hanging questions. Nevertheless, she praised the film cinematography, saying that it was enough to make up for the film’s dull climax.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children carries an essential characteristic that seems to have been eluding fantasy films in recent years: macabre with the right touch of aesthetic. True enough, with a spellbinding cast, a captivating story, and a mesmerizing cinematic style, the film has rightfully earned the hearts of many fantasy geeks. And although it has its own share of flaws, Tim Burton’s interpretation of Ransom Rigg’s impeccably written novel is imbued with teachable moments concealed in magical scenes that appeal to viewers of all ages.

Sure, at first glance, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’s beauty appears to hinge only on its artistic and solid visuals, but it offers so much more than what meets the eye. Apt for its name, the film’s core touches on the idea of embracing uniqueness in its entirety while putting forward the values of compassion and solidarity. While others might have realized the exact same moral codes in another fantasy movie, this one is no less than outstanding. This is a palpable truth magnified by the well-crafted screenplay and the cast’s excellent performance, particularly that of Asa Butterfield who plays as Jake.

Primed for growth and success, there is no disputing that Butterfield embodies a young Johnny Depp who is a little less odd. Much like Depp, the young actor’s charisma does not rely on his charming looks but on his eccentricity. However, albeit it is a compliment to be likened to a legendary actor, Butterfield has impressively carved out an identity of his own through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as one of the peculiar children. No stranger to the persona of his role, Butterfield delivered a compelling and believable performance – one that leaves a long-lasting and incomparable effect on the audience. Truly, the actor bears a certain kind of magic that transcends the big screens.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) is a fantasy film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman. It follows 16-year-old Jake as he embarks on a journey back in time in an isolated island after the death of his grandfather. The film is based on Ransom Riggs’ best-selling young adult debut novel of the same name. It features Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson.