Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #StayPeculiar

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for “intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril.”
Release: September 30, 2016
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay by Jane Goldman, based upon the novel written by Ransom Riggs, published by Quirk Books
Producers: Peter Chernin, p.g.a.; Jenno Topping, p.g.a.
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson
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From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a group of people referred to as “Peculiars” who each have a special talent. The main character Jake, played by Asa Butterfield, sets out on a journey to discover if the bedtime stories told to him by his grandfather are true about these Peculiars and where they live. After learning that the children are in danger, Jake must choose whether to help his new friends or return to his everyday life

Although at times the story moves a bit slow, it was full of surprises. You get to experience a full roller coaster of emotions by the end of the film. Eva Green gave an electric performance as Miss Peregrine and was a perfect fit for the role. Samuel L. Jackson can always be counted on for a memorable performance and does not fall short with his portrayal of Barron, the main villain of the film. This movie was full of wonderful characters, but I feel as if some of them fell just a tad flat and weren’t given enough personality. Also, small key elements of the story were left out which made it, at times, a bit difficult to understand. This does not get in the way of being able to enjoy the story.

Overall I would say it was a fun film. As usual, Tim Burton delivers on a visually stunning film that tickles your imagination. Once the film picks up momentum it did not disappoint!

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