Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

Grade: B-

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children premiered here in Austin at Fantastic Fest with Tim Burton in attendance. Based on the 2011 best-selling young-adult novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is just that, peculiar. Tim Burton directs and I believe Alice in Wonderland is a good measure to use here. If you enjoyed the 2010 film that Burton directed, you will enjoy this one as well. It's artistic and takes us to another whimsical land even though the storyline could have had a little more punch.

In this film, Jacob (Hugo's Asa Butterfield) wants to know more about the place where his grandfather, who was recently murdered, grew up in 1943. He lives in present day, until he meets Emma (Ella Purnell) and she takes him back to the 1940s to meet Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), who overlooks a home of very strange children. Each child has a peculiarity. Miss Peregrine knew that Jacob belonged with them. Miss Peregrine creates a time loop where she turns back the clock 24 hours to always keep them safe. But what happens when the hollows come for them to take the eyes of the children. Well, Jacob learns just what his peculiarity really is.

Many readers of the book may be disappointed. Olive is grown up and they switched the peculiarities of her and Emma. The Hollows never take human form in the book as they do as wights. The hollows and the wights are two different characters and not the same. I do believe Jane Goldman did take maybe too many liberties, but penned a screenplay that is still just as imaginative as the book.

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever