Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Film Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. As the title suggests, this is a very peculiar film! This would not have been my first choice for a Saturday night film, but my little sister begged and begged until eventually I obliged.

The story follows Jake (Asa Butterfield) and his journeys through alternate times and realities. Jake eventually discovers the secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jake then discovers his own unusual ability and gets dragged into saving earth with the rest of the peculiars from the evil Mr Barron (Samuel L Jackson).

This film takes some getting into, for the first hour or so I struggled to enjoy it as I felt as if it was a poor copy of the X-Men to a certain degree – outcast characters with unique abilities in a home together sounds familiar no? Once you get past the slow start however, the film really does pick up and the excitement does begin. The ‘hollows’ who are disfigured peculiars are frighteningly menacing and 10 years ago they would have given me nightmares for days! As well as the scary villains, you really do feel immersed in the world of the peculiars, and start to piece things together in your head as the plot thickens. The cast is also fantastic, Asa Butterfield was faultless and looks to be a hugely promising actor.

What bothers me about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is how disjointed it can feel. There are times when you think you have just about grasped the plot, but then all of a sudden it goes off onto another tangent and you are left feeling very confused. Another nag I have is the ending to the film, there was a huge build up so I was expecting an explosive finale, however it was an extremely disappointing anti-climax.

To buy or not to buy? – If you are a science fiction fan or just looking for change from the generic ‘kids’ films of late then this is definitely worth a watch. On a side note, this strikes me as one of those kind of films which the book is a great read so I am going to pick up the book soon and I’m sure I will have a review coming soon!

Rating: 6.5/10

Check out the movie here – http://amzn.to/2mhEUiY

Check out the book here – http://amzn.to/2lSfs04

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