Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
THIS is based on the best-selling 2011 novel by Ransom Riggs, and is set in a world where certain humans, known as Peculiars, have extraordinary powers.
To keep these Peculiars safe from the ‘normal’ world and other dangers, special homes have been set up in time loops by individuals like Miss Peregrine (Green).
But while Miss Peregrine and her brood of Peculiars do play pivotal roles, the story follows Jake Portman (Butterfield), who discovers that he has a lot in common with the Peculiars after his grandfather is murdered.
The movie starts off a little slow, but gets quite interesting, especially when Jake heads to Wales to look for Miss Peregrine’s Home.
It is during these scenes that we get a look at the colourful world of the Peculiars and their powers.
The action also starts picking up closer to the end, but when I say action, I mean something more childfriendly and family-oriented. There are still a number of very tense moments though.
The young actors do well in bringing their characters to life. Of course, the main focus is on Butterfield’s Jake and his love interest Emma Bloom (Purnell), but the rest of the Peculiars do get a fair amount of screen time for a little character development.
The young cast is aided by the likes of veterans such as Green, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
Green is splendid as Peregrine as the caring yet strict maternal role well.
Jackson as the villain Barron is just brilliant, as he shows a more cartoonish side and yet is still able to come across as menacing.
I was surprised at how much I did enjoy the movie.
And I think fans of the books and those who love movies in this genre will defi ni t el y enjoy how Burton has brought this beloved series to life. – Jeremy Cheong Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell Director: Tim Burton E-Value: 7 Acting: 7 Plot: 7