Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Posted on October 1, 2016


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – When Jake (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales to find out more about the home his grandfather (Terence Stamp) spent time in, he discovers the stories are true and the peculiar people are still there. Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and the children are locked into September 3, 1943, and keep reliving it, kind of like Groundhog Day.

All of the kids have special powers: major strength, making fire, bringing dead people back to life, invisibility, etc. Jake realizes he can see what others can’t. Emma (Ella Purnell) is light as air, wears some killer shoes to keep her grounded and the girl can blow. Miss P. smokes a Sherlock pipe and the way she somersaults into a bird is so cool. Barron, leader of the Hollows, is played gleefully by Samuel L. Jackson, who reminded me of a white-haired Buckwheat. Jake’s dad (Chris O’Dowd) just looks stupid most of the time.

Directed by Tim Burton, it’s not too scary. Creepy dolls, some ghosts, and I could have done without the munching of eyeballs. Much of the scenery is beautiful – craggy beaches, under the sea shots, and green hillsides. Small roles for Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Allison Janney. Overall, pretty good movie.