Last year me and Sophie hosted the Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children read-along for Halloween. We both absolutely loved the book and was excited to read it ahead of the movie release. The movie stars the likes of Asa Butterfield, Samuel L Jackson and Eva Green. It was released late September 2016 and was a box office smash hit. With the release of the DVD in a few days, i have pulled together some of my thoughts on the movie and books.
If you’re unaware of the premise for the story, Jake has a great relationship with this grandfather. He would always tell Jake stories about a children’s home that he used to live in, ran by a lady called Miss Peregrine. Jake was one of the few people who believe the stories about the magical children that used to live there. However, one day when Jake’s grandfather passes away unexpectedly, Jake takes it upon himself to find out what happened to his grandfather, that meant travelling to Wales to find Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar children’s home. Jake meets all the people that his grandfather has told him about. Emma, Fiona and Enoch to name just a few. Jake’s job is then to help the children to fight against Barron and his army, set out to attack the Peculiars.
I really enjoyed the novel when i read it. I found it incredibly imaginative and interesting, with a good amount of creepy thrown in to it. It’s defintely not a novel for small children, and i think i enjoyed that most. It almost feels fairytale like, but a grown up version. I also adore Tim Burton who was hired as the director of the movie. I had full faith in what he would do with the story and that it would be amazing.
The cast to start with were absolutely perfect for their roles. Asa Butterfield played an amazing Jake, as did Ella Purnell with Emma. The characters were just as believable as they were in the novels. Each actor truly took on the Peculiar role they were given, and that made the story so much more realistic.
For me, the movie seemed to take on the atmosphere of The Series Of Unfortunate events movies. It was clearly a children’s or young adults movie, however it had a creepy and eerie sense to it that made it exciting and left you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely adored the fact it stayed true to the book in that sense.
One thing that truly confused me was the ending. In the last half an hour of the movie, i spent the majority of it looking confusingly at the screen as a series of scenes played through that were definitely not in the novel. They seemed a little unnecessary and completely wrapped up the story instead of leaving it open as the first novel did. I’m not sure if the whole trilogy has been commissioned for cinema, but with the looks of the ending it hasn’t been. The ending felt a little rushed and strange to me. It also didn’t completely fit with the tone of the movie the rest of the way through. I still enjoyed the little twist they put on it.
There are far too many positive points of the movie to be discussed. I was very happy with the way it was created and the character portrayals. I’m glad i trusted my instincts and trusted Tim Burton with the story in his hands. He created a very magical world that everyone now has access too.
It’s put me in the mood to read the series all over again. I’ll be under my blanket with my books if you need me!