Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: Spoiler Free Movie Review

Back in March when the trailer was released, I shared my thoughts on the trailer. Now that I have seen the movie, I went back and I sort of reread what I thought it would be like. Before you start reading this, there will be NO SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, you won’t be spoiled. Also, you might want to refer back to my trailer thoughts before and/or after you read this because let me tell you, I was totally wrong with my thoughts.

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Director: Tim Burton

Distributed By: 20th Century FOX

Release Date: September 30, 2016

Run Time: 127 Minutes

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds 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.
The Cast:

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  • Eva Green as Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine
  • Terence Stamp as Abraham Portman
  • Judi Dench as Miss Esmeralda Avocet
  • Asa Butterfield as Jacob Portman
  • Ella Purnell as Emma Bloom
  • Finlay MacMillan as Enoch O’Connor,
  • Lauren McCrostie as Olive Abroholos Elephanta
  • Cameron King as Millard Nullings
  • Pixie Davies as Bronwyn Buntley
  • Georgia Pemberton as Fiona Frauenfeld
  • Milo Parker as Hugh Apiston
  • Raffiella Chapman as Claire Densmore
  • Hayden Keeler-Stone as Horace Somusson
  • Joseph and Thomas Odwell as the Twins
  • Louis Davison as Victor Buntley
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Barron
  • Allison Janney as Dr. Golan
  • Rupert Everett as John Lemmon
  • Helen Day as Miss Edwards
  • Scott Handy as Mr. Gleeson
  • Jack Brady as Mr. Clark
  • Philip Philmar as Mr. Archer
  • Chris O’Dowd as Franklin Portman
  • Kim Dickens as Maryann Portman
  • O-Lan Jones as Shelly
  • Jennifer Jarackas as Aunt Susie Portman
  • George Vricos as Uncle Bobby
  • Shaun Thomas and Justin Davis as Dylan and Worm
About the Book:

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk

Published: June 7, 2011

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The Trailer:
My Review:

I would have to give this movie a 3.8 out of 5 stars. If you are familiar with the book, there is one major thing that was changed in the first 15 minutes. Even though it is the slightest thing in the world, it bothered me so much. While Jacob goes to his grandfather, the person who drives him to his house in the movie didn’t drive him to the house. It was someone else.

The fact that Tim Burton was able to add the weirdness and the creepiness of the Peculiars from the book to the movie was remarkable. All throughout reading the book, I had a certain way I saw each of them. Of course, they had to take some of the peculiars out of the book, including Jill who had the chickens. You have no idea how much I wanted to see someone chasing chickens and looking a little dirty. From Claire and her unique feature and Emma’s special shoes to hold her down, it was great. The cast they had picked out for all of these roles were spectacular. I felt like I was living in Jacob’s shoes: seeing the Peculiar, being part of the Peculiar and just dealing with everything that was going to approach all of them soon. The cast didn’t take this movie lightly, but overall, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine stood out over all of them. 

I was never familiar with Eva Green until this movie. I really never cared for Miss Peregrine through the books. Something about her seemed eerie, mysterious, and literally peculiar. In the movie, she was literally just that. Eva portrayed Miss Peregrines the way she needed to be. From the pipe, to the shapeshifting, to caring for the peculiars, Eva Green fit this role perfectly.

Like any book to movie adaption, nothing was exactly the same. It had the same background plot and the same idea but there were the little details that changed. There were some changes that were not that bad but then, there was one at the end that irks me so much! The ending of the movie was nothing like the ending of the book. The ending for both the movie and the book were so beautiful but at the same time, I would have thought that they would both have the same ending but apparently, they don’t.

For fans of the unexplained, peculiar event, and the unknown, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the movie for you. Between a mix of Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, and The Darkest Minds this movie has everything you need. You can get a good surprise, scare and an amazing laugh through the movie. You have the ability to go through everything that the peculiars lived through and you feel like you see the whole thing in your own body. Perfect for the Halloween Season, check out Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.

Have you seen this movie? Have you read the book? What were your thoughts about the movie if you have seen it? What were your thoughts about the book if you have read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Happy Reading,

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