Genre: Dark fantasy, young adult fiction
There was a time when the amazingly written book written by Ransom Riggs, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”, took the world by storm. Finally, five years later we have an equally popular movie!
“Miss Peregrine’s Home” is the most recent production of the widely popular Tim Burton. Burton’s distinctive, dark and gothic style takes the book and transforms it into a reality. His movie style fits the story perfectly, I couldn’t imagine the movie being directed by anyone else.
As someone who has read the book, I was really looking forward to the movie because the book was just captivating. It was eloquent in literature and the vocabulary Riggs used produced a vivid story. Maybe it’s just me, considering I’m a huge dark fantasy-science fiction fan, but I think this movie really deserves prominence. “You will love how magical and creepy it is at the same time” says Pop Inquirer.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH CONTAINS SPOILERS
If you haven’t read the book and don’t know the story, the tale starts off in Florida, 2016 and progresses to take place in a fictional island in Wales, in the 1940’s. Jacob, a boy who has always believed his grandfather’s stories about a strange orphanage for peculiar children, journeys to a small island in Wales where the orphanage is located, after the death of his beloved grandfather. Once he arrives, he finds the orphanage but learns that it was destroyed. In the process of exploring the demolished building, he encounters the children from his grandfather’s stories, whom he had always dreamed of meeting. Later on, they are all faced with a dangerous task which only he can help with. While on this adventure, he discovers the truth about the kids and about his grandfather, along with discovering his true identity and who he really is.
OK, THE SPOILERS ARE OVER
Although I loved the movie, it did get a bit confusing due to the swapping of some of the characters’ peculiarities. In the book, the character Emma Bloom is claimed to have pyrokinesis, and the character Olive Elephanta has the ability to levitate. However, in the movie Emma and Olive swap abilities, and the ability to levitate turns into the ability to control air, as well (which is different in the original book). We all know the books and the movies of many stories can be very different, but I think swapping the characteristics of the characters will get very confusing for the people who have read the book.
Overall, I think this was a great movie and I would consider it to be one of Tim Burton’s finest productions. This movie may not be for everyone, but if you’re interested in fantasy and Tim Burton, when you buy that movie ticket, you won’t regret it.