MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

BY JESICA SLABBERT - OCTOBER 10, 2016

Based on the book by American debut novelist, Ransom Riggs; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will leave you mystified and captivated as you enter a world where you will see the most peculiar things…

Enchanted with Tim Burton’s Directing, the film held his usual style of darkness with unique characters and designs.

In Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children, we meet the main protagonist; Jake, who had recently suffered the tragedy of losing his grandfather by mysterious circumstances.

Left with clues to find out more about his grandfather and his mysterious childhood, Jake travels to Wales in search of the home his grandfather was raised in. He then comes across Miss Peregrine, and the children she has sworn to protect in a time loop in 1943.

Jake meets all the children and learns that they are called Peculiars; children with abilities that make them different from others; such as being invisible, the ability to set fire to anything they touch or being so light they could float away without special shoes.

But there is also darkness to this peculiar world, as evil forces target those who are peculiar for their own selfish gain. Jake soon discovers his own peculiarity, and that it is the one thing that can save his new friends.

The villainous Barron is played by Samuel. L. Jackson, with Eva Green playing the clever Miss Peregrine, Asa Butterfield playing Jake, and Ella Purnell as lighter than air Emma Bloom. This colourful cast does well to portray Riggs’ characters and bring them to life.

With action scenes that leave your heart pounding and heartfelt scenes that touch on family, love and loneliness, this movie wields the magic you would expect from a Tim Burton Film.