Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review


You might have seen the trailer, the commercials, or the advertisements. You might have even read the book.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children finally came to theaters on Sept. 29. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs, the movie follows Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield Ender’s Game), an average teenager with an average life, and his adventure to the homes of peculiar children.

Jake was raised as a normal teenager, and although he wasn’t the most social person at school, he led a fairly non-peculiar life. But then his grandfather dies, and his life gets turned upside down.  

Jake, following his grandfather’s last words, goes to Wales and finds Miss Peregrine (Eva Green of The Dreamers), who is the head of a school for rather unique students. After the initial shock of meeting the peculiar children, he finds himself feeling at home. Soon, he discovers the reason his grandfather passed and why his existence means so much.

Apparently, there are monsters called Hollows that roam the planet in search of these peculiar children. Jake’s special peculiarity is that he is the only who can see these monsters. After Miss Peregrine is kidnapped and all the peculiar children’s lives are in danger, he follows in his grandfather’s footsteps and hunts the monsters.

Because this movie is both heavy in visual effects and has to surmount what the readers have thought in their heads, it had to pass a much higher bar than most movies.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the few movies that exceeded my expectations.

The movie stays true to Tim Burton, the director, and his style of the macabre and eerie. Everything from the trees to the monsters are reminiscent to what makes Burton so unique. He does peculiar better than anybody.

I was very pleasantly surprised at the casting. Young Jake (Nicholas Oteri) was almost an exact replica to older Jake. If someone told me they had filmed Butterfield as a child and used that, I would not have been surprised.

The attention to detail is what makes this movie so unique. At the very end of the movie, Jake travels through time to get back to Miss Peregrine’s home. When he comes back, his hair, clothes, and even personality have changed. This attention to detail does not come accidentally and takes years of experience.

My only complaint would be that the movie slightly alters the personality of some of the characters and does not capture the essence of what makes us fall in love with them. For example, in the beginning of the book, Jake talks about how he is doing everything he can to get fired from a job he hates. By choosing not to include that, the movie doesn’t capture his mischievous personality.

Riggs does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and I wish the movie had been able to do it justice. The draw to the movie would be the visual experience the viewers go through rather than the storyline.

Overall, I would give this four out of five stars. There are aspects of the book I wish the movie had included and would have only added to the story line. But at the end of the day, I would pay to watch it again.