Quickly topping the box office charts this weekend, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children delivered an entertaining experience, along with an easy-to-watch feeling.
Fitting of infamous director Tim Burton’s style, the film takes viewers on an imaginative and visually intricate journey through the lives of ‘peculiar’ children. Adapted from the novel by author Ransom Riggs, the story follows young Jack, played by Asa Butterfield, as he searches for the children’s home where his grandfather used to live
When Jack sets out on a journey to uncover answers about his grandfather’s mysterious death, he finds something different to him; a family. In the beginning of the film, Jack is the kid who doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. As he goes on a crazy journey to try and save the children’s home from dark forces, viewers see him find a purpose, and maybe even a love interest! Miss Peregrine herself, played by experienced actor Eva Green, is a mentor to the young hero in place of his missing grandfather. These two develop a heartwarming bond that will resonate with anyone watching.
Reminiscent of other young adult films such as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, this movie will be best suited for those who like a touch of magic and as it is appropriately named, the peculiar. The beautiful scenery of England and Belgium gave incredible potential for a fantasy world in which anything is possible. The strange creatures that make up the heroes and villains of the novel become the playthings of Mr. Burton, as he brings them to life on screen with scary realism.
Although the plot is nothing incredibly innovative, it was surprisingly light and happy for the director who is known for his dark and twisty tales. Some viewers thought that this took away from the original storyline, while others believed that the screenplay brought out the essentials of the book. The characters- from little Bronwyn Bruntley with her super strength, to Olive with her powers of fire- create a familial band of misfits that were impossible not to fall in love with. The adventures that occur throughout the film have a sense of comic relief, yet a sense of unbalance can be felt. This feeling of detachment is seen in many adaptations of books to film, and Miss Peregrine’s is unfortunately no exception. Although in the minds of die hard fans the movie will never live up to the book series, it is still an engaging story that is guaranteed to keep you watching.
Whether a book worm or a film fanatic, watching this film is worthwhile use of time. Although it had its downfalls, the film was an overall success. If you enjoy a good young adult film with fantasy and adventure aspects, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great pick for a movie night with friends.
By Savannah Zachau