Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has made the jump to the big screen and it’s everything fans could wish for. Under the direction of the peculiar Tim Burton, we have a feast for the mind and imagination. While the movie probably won’t win any Oscars, Riggs and Burton make a good team. It’s like all your nightmares come to life with invisible monsters that want to eat your eyeballs – just saying.
The story, in case you missed it, is that Jake (Asa Butterfield) is a teen who doesn’t quite fit in and goes to Wales after his grandfather dies, to find the orphanage he’s heard so much about.
The opening scenes give the audience a taster of what they can expect but then normality sets in and it takes a little while to get going, which is really the only criticism.
Butterfield does a great job as Jake, igniting the idea right from the start that he’s a little peculiar and maintaining a slightly awkward interaction with everyone around him. Ella Purnell does a brilliant portrayal of a young woman not quite ready to take the leap into a relationship because she’s been burned before. Eva Green looks wonderful as Miss Peregrine who has an iron grip on the unusual kids.
While it might sound like a kids’ movie, it is rated PG13. It can be pretty grim without going over the top. Yet there is a lot to feed those who want to probe more deeply into the idea of time, relationships, age, the Holocaust and its effects on a young mind. There's more than enough material for a movie critique or SBA essay, so you can legitimately say it’s part of your school work. You’re welcome.