Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers... and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special "peculiarity" can save his new friends.

The Review
There is rather magical about the world of fantasy cinema. Whether you’re a child in reality it simply still a child at heart, films that capture the imagination breathe life into the soul. This is certainly one if those films that does that and takes you on a crazy journey from the reality in which we live and delivers us deep into a world that will challenge your wits. We all know that Tim Burton is kind of like the master of that sort of storytelling. Big colours, huge characters and weird plotlines.

While a lot of his previous films relied heavily on Computer generated locations and backdrops, this does not. In fact, Burton aimed to use as little visual effects as possible; "It was nice to shoot on location, to be connected to a place and geography while having people actually floating, as opposed to doing it all digitally".
This helps to build the story of havens within the real world, like within the world of Harry Potter where you would kind of want to find the secret portals to Hogwarts etc. I guess this is now the world that we live in, with the whole craze of Pokemon Go making so many people look for something that is imaginary rather than focusing on the things that are actually around us.

I think the thing that stands out for me in this film is the characters. These children with special abilities makes for fun viewing. I remember what it is was like being a kid and seeing films about kids saving the day and being able to do the seemingly impossible. This really resonated with the child in me. Tim Burton described Miss Peregrine as "a scary Mary Poppins".

I enjoyed the film and the story was interesting and intriguing although at times a little dark, but that is to be expected from a Tim Burton film. I remember reading how he and his ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter used to live in adjoining houses due to the scary nature of the stuff sitting around his house and it being rather scary for their children. In saying that you could definitely divide the film into two clean halves. The first being rather serious and dark and the second being a little more slapstick and fun. I didn’t mind it, as I kind of felt like being too dark for the whole thing could have been a little tiresome.

The Verdict
A great visual trip for the imagination full of weird characters and crazy action. Probably a little dark for kids under 11 ish.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 29th September 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence and scary scenes
Duration: 127 minutes 
Genre:  Fantasy
Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands)

The Extras

This marks the second collaboration between actress Eva Green and director Tim Burton, the first being Dark Shadows (2012). Long before their first collaboration, Green stated that Burton was one of the directors she dreamed of working with.

Judi Dench portrays Miss Avocet, in her first collaboration with Tim Burton. Burton said of her character: "In the peculiar world, women are the protectors. Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she's a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine".

Based off the very popular novel of the same name by author Ransom Riggs. He has released three books in the series. The sequel to the first book is "Hollow City", followed by "Library of Souls", which are both now available.

Ransom Riggs' novel was partly inspired by otherworldly vintage photographs, one of them being a cover shot of a levitating girl. The author collected these at flea markets, included them in the book and later showed them all to director Tim Burton, before filming began.

Milo Parker, who plays Hugh, controls bees in this story. In Mr. Holmes (2015), he previously played a boy (Roger Munro) who is taught beekeeping by the aged Sherlock Holmes (age 93).

Second collaboration between Eva Green and Judi Dench. They previously co-starred in Casino Royale (2006), released ten years previously.

Part of the film was filmed in Blackpool in the UK.

In the book written by Ransom Riggs, Emma's peculiarity is fire, but this was changed to air in the movie. In the book, air was Olive's peculiarity instead.