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Film Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children


Ever thought about having powers? These kids had no choice in the matter, for they’re Peculiar’s, a group of people who have powers which make them different from normal humans. Directed by Tim Burton and written by Ransom Riggs, is this film as spectacularly different as we’d expect, or is it just not Peculiar enough for my tastes? Let’s take a look through Victorian England and take a step through a Loop.


Director Tim Burton
Writer Ransom Riggs
UK Release
30th September 2016
Genre Young Adult, Adventure, Horror




Miss Peregrine runs a home which is full of Peculiar children. That should be the most obvious bit about the story – Following in the footsteps of Jacob (Jake) Portman, a boy who believes he’s a normal human being. He’s learned from his grandad, Abraham, that there are people who have incredible abilities who live in Wales. Abraham related his tales to Jake as bed time stories, often raising Jake, in hopes that he would be an adventurer like himself. After a savage attack that sees his life entirely changed, after many discussions with a counsellor, Jake convinces his family to take him to Wales to go and find the house with all of Abraham’s friends.



Of course in a film all about kids with powers, animation plays quite a big part in the film. It’s fair to say that the graphics employed in this film are spectacular, which isn’t a big surprise considering it’s a Tim Burton production. As anyone who has seen any Tim Burton film will know, he has a flair for showing off modern cinematic wonders, even when using characters portraying another era. The interesting part of the animation in this film is that it doesn’t feel cheesy – Which is what I was mostly concerned about. It felt natural, as if the world we were presented with was exactly as the characters were used to.

Whether you felt eased in by the girl who happens to have a great big mouth underneath her hair on the back of her head, or if you felt that the Twins faces after their reveal were just sublime, it didn’t matter – Everything felt as it should do.



Much like the film itself, it’s eerie enough to make you feel slightly unsettled. But it’s just enough to make you want to hear more of it – Same as the film really. From the relatively gory connotations of the film, (monsters who are often compared to Slenderman but eating their victims eyes), you feel uneasy throughout. Yet, because of the intriguing characters and the beautiful world presented to us, we can’t help but want to see more… And the music just adds to the intrigue. With music by Florence and the Machine, you’re in for an audio treat to accompany this wonderful story of adventure and drama.



I thoroughly enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I’m surprised as well, as this is the sort of film that I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed on paper, due to the very child-like nature of the plot. It’s a young-adult’s book and thus the film is targeted towards young adults as well. With this said, it often provided a story far greater than a typical YA story. I can’t wait to see if more of the stories of Jake Portman are shared with the world in cinematic fashion – If Tim Burton is directing the next one, count me in. From the brilliant performances from everyone involved, to the lushious world portrayed, this is a film to watch as soon as you can. But now it’s over to you – Have you seen Miss Peregrine’s yet? Do you intend to see it? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. This got a huge thumbs up from me!


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