Fans of Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” line up outside of theaters all over the country. Each one eager for a spooky story.
The movie starts with Jake, a teenager who lives in Florida.
“Do you ever feel like nothing you do matters? You make footprints in the sand just to find them washed away the next day,” begins this fantastically peculiar story. Jake feels out of place in the town where he lives, until one day, a promise he made to his grandfather drives him to Wales. His grandfather tells him to seek a bird in the loop, and other sort of gibberish.
At first, Jake suspects that he has forgotten to take his medication, but then something changes his mind. He remembers stories that his grandfather used to tell him when he was young. The stories are about a children’s home that his grandfather claimed he used to live in when he was young. He describes his friends there as very peculiar, each one with his or hers own unique abilities. There are kids who can float and make anything they touch burst into flames and more are all watched after by a wise bird named Miss Peregrine.
Jake decides that he is going to try to find the children’s home from his grandfather’s stories. However, when Jake gets to Wales, he quickly realizes that the stories are not just stories. He fights to save his new found friends in a story that stretches through time, from the 1940’s to present day.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” captured the audience in the same way that the book did. It was charming, odd and of course, creepy. The ending in the movie differs from the ending in the book in many ways, but is still a good way to end the story.
The movie was very creative and I enjoyed seeing the ways that they incorporated themes and ideas from the book into the movie. The movie has a more modern feel to it than the book did.
This movie seems to be just in time for Halloween. Famous director Tim Burton took over to make this movie include all things creepy, from clowns, to circus performers, to monsters, to severed doll heads. There something sure to give everyone goose bumps.