Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Jane Goldman
Based on: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie, Hayden Keeler-Stone, Georgia Pemberton, Milo Parker, Raffiella Chapman, Pixie Davies, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, and Judi Dench
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Running Time: 127 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril
Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment, Tim Burton Productions, TSG Entertainment, Scope Pictures, St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Commission, Ingeniøus
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers—and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.
I’ve been wanting to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ever since I watched the trailer months ago. I know the book since long time ago but the book cover is somehow kind of horror, so I never felt interested to read it or even buy it. I even rejected my sister who offered to buy the books for me. I kind of regret it now. Guess you can’t ever judge the book by its cover. The phrase really has a point. Now I am very much interested to read the book.
Anyway, I am not here to compare the book and the film because I haven’t read the book. As I’ve said before in my review of Me Before You (2016), there are some perks that you’ll get when you haven’t read the book. You don’t have to expect anything. Although you’re going to miss some pieces of information, at least you don’t have to expect anything. It’s true when they said expectations leads you to constant disappointment. That is why I think I am pretty glad that I haven’t read the book. However, I look forward reading the book now after watching the film. So if you’re looking for comparisons between the book and the film, you’re landing on the wrong page. But before you click the close button—which I hope you won’t—I just want to tell you that I am trying, as best I can, to give a complete review so you’ll know whether the film is worth to watch or not, at least in my point of view.
“You don’t have to make us feel safe, because you’ve made us feel brave.” – Emma Bloom
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is kind of dark fantasy, though not too dark. However, it is full of imaginations and magic. I really can’t expect something ordinary when Tim Burton is behind the camera. He really made this film looks fantastic. All the tricks look so real, it just blows your mind. My favourite part is perhaps when Emma flies. The levitation seems so real and the way Ella Purnell pose is just perfect. You’ll believe that she can actually fly. I’ve seen many flying or levitation acts, but many of the actors or actresses didn’t pose really well, therefore made the scene looks not real enough. But here, the way Ella Purnell pose, she actually pulled it off. The key is the feet, actually—at least in my opinion.
I’ve seen many films about peculiar children—or usually, they called them as people who have special abilities—but none is quite like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I can’t put a finger on what’s the difference, but I think Tim Burton’s touch made it. Whatever that was, I was in awe by this film anyway. I am a fan of fantasy and that is why I love this film very much. With some dark in it, it just made Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children more exciting and thrilling to watch. Let’s not forget about the costume and the setting of the film, shall we? They are just magnificent. The house, the ship, the park, everything about this film is awesome. Crafted with imagination and fantasy, Tim Burton surely has done a great job.
What made me interested in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children aside from the story is, of course, the character of Miss Peregrine herself—or should I say it Eva Green. Seriously, ever since I saw her in Casino Royale (2006), I am very much interested in her. You just can’t deny her sexy husky voice with her blue eyes, combined with her unusual accent that combines British and French dialects. She’s such a beauty! I really love her. She is definitely one of my favourite actresses. She is such a great actress and you can see that in this film too. She has that face—or that voice—that makes people to always remember her. As Neil Patrick Harris said in the 2015 Oscar, everything seems to sound better if you have a great voice and Eva Green definitely has a great husky voice. And don’t forget about Samuel L. Jackson. It’s not my first time to see him played the villain but like every time, I still think Samuel L. Jackson’s performance is great. He can always add some funniness through his character, not too obvious but pretty much recognisable to make his character more live.
To sum up, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is superb. The story is good but the real star is the visual. Tim Burton has managed to make the imaginations come to life. Supported by the actors and actresses who also have played their characters really well. They even have Judi Dench in this film! I look forward to the sequel of this film. I definitely going to watch it and also read the book.
I give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 9 out of 10 stars.