Thoughts on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)


Although, it takes a little while getting into the movie, once it finds it’s footing, it’s a fantastically magical ride. When his grandfather leads Jacob (Asa Butterfield) on a quest to find Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, he’s introduced to the world of time loops, magical powers and the dangers that hunt them.

At times it’s a little confusing and also a little scary. The opening credits were even a little spooky – the music, the satanic images … I was convinced something was about to jump out on screen scaring the daylights out of me! Luckily, the scary scenes are over once Jacob begins his journey. The confusion comes from in the back and forth journeys through time loops and such.

The romance between Jacob and Emma (played by Ella Purnell) was every bit of sweet, kind and innocent you’d want in a young romance. The special effects are top quality and cannot be faulted! It was also nice to see Rupert Everett again in a movie, even though I didn’t recognise him at first and I did wonder what he had done to his face …

The ending does leave for a sequel. I hear that a series of movies were planned, but I don’t see that happening because I don’t feel like the appeal is really there. Yes, it has it’s moments but Miss Peregrine’s isn’t exactly the top in the magical, tween/children category of movies. You can tell my lack of enthusiasm in the lack of words I am using.

So, in conclusion, the movie is okay. It’s a pleasant enough watch but on the whole, it’s pretty forgetful, which is a shame because it had so much potential. I feel like it’s in the same vein as A Series of Unfortunate Events – it could have been better.

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