Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rating: 3.75/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Review:

I read the book several months ago and there is a lot I no longer remember. However, I do recall a feeling that the movie did not transmit. Of course, a lot changed from the book, from Emma’s powers to Miss Peregrine being so young and chirpy to several other details, not to mention things that just sounded silly and without any purpose other than get the characters to do something or get the story to proceed in a certain manner. But mainly many things felt rushed. Some things were just plain dumped which could have worked well and in some instances did, in others it didn’t. Also, if there is one thing that makes me cringe it is insta-love.

Tim Burton created a new character only because he wanted to work with Samuel L. Jackson. This could have been a really good thing, if played right. However, the bad guys in the book were so much scarier. This dude had the potential to be terrifying and he only managed to do so in the first scenes when he didn’t spoke. Then he just came across as silly, at least to me.

Hey, it’s still a Tim Burton movie. Awesome CGI, sound effects, etc, etc. Lots of clichés as well. As usual, if you have not read the book you will enjoy it a lot more.

It was pretty good, not awesome. And I have the feeling the ending is going to ruin the next two books of the series for me which remain unread.

Bottom line, please read the book.

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6 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  1. I passed on the book, as the cover looked like it was a horror read and I generally don’t do horror. I regret that now – but I’m going to track it down before I watch the film. Thank you for helping me towards that decision:)

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    • Ah yes I completely understand why you would think that, the cover is quite scary. I thought it myself but I enjoy horror so did not mind it much.

      Both the book and the movie have some scary moments but it is still mostly fantasy.

      It appears the author weaved photographs which he found over the years, like the one in the cover, into the story, making those kids characters in the book, and they were all black and white, vintage photos, some playing with light and shadow, so they have an extra creepy effect, I think.

      I am so happy you will read the book, please do let me know what you think of it!

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