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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Review)

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When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.

Initial release: September 29, 2016 

Director: Tim Burton


Upon going to see this movie, straight away I was breaking all my rules of going to see a movie before reading the book. Generally, my rule is: read the book, then watch the movie. I’ve only ever done this once before, and that was a couple of years ago when the first Hunger Games movie came out in cinemas. As soon as the movie was over, I went and bought the book and devoured it straight away. This might be a similar instance, although I already own a copy of the book. Believe me, it won’t be long before I took into it–I just need to read one or two others first…
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I loved this movie. It had all the things you’d expect from a Tim Burton movie, from the quirky characters, to the stop motion animation scene, to the big creepy monsters. It had Tim Burton written all over it! It was a very fluid movie, and from the starting scene, right up to the end, you never left the momentum that was being built throughout the whole thing. Asa Butterfield played Jake, our protagonist, and I have to admit I was surprised how good he played the character. I didn’t know what to expect from him, considering the last movie I watched him in was The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (ironically). Eva Green was brilliant as Miss Peregrine, I can’t flaw her at all; and Samuel L. Jackson–well, when has be never been great in a movie, am I right? He certainly played the perfect baddie in this movie!

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I recommend this movie for anyone who is a Tim Burton fan, of course. Without a doubt it’s another one to add to his never-ending list of great movies. I loved the stop-motion scene with Epoch, when Jake first meets him. It screamed pure classic Tim Burton and I couldn’t help but squeal and clap with delight in the theatre when I seen it (and I’m pretty sure everyone might have thought I was just a little bit crazy). The ending, while not closing the book on the story completely, does leave it very open for Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and I am very much looking forward to seeing what Mr Burton does with it!

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!

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