REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Helen Le and Erin Baquiran

On the Friday in the second week of break, we travelled to the Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with other friends. The rain fell at a decent rate as we rushed from Moo Moo’s to stand in line for our preordered tickets, courtesy of Erin. We were walking into the theater, popcorn in our little boxes, with expectations for a quality translation from book to movie.

Okay guys, this movie was directed by TIM BURTON. The man who directed many great movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, and Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Of course I would have high hopes for it! It included Asa Butterfield from Ender’s Game and Samuel L. Jackson from Jurassic Park, whom are both great actors that gave me great hopes for the movie. Sadly, I do not think they portrayed their characters very well. As the book is more serious, I felt that Samuel L. Jackson’s evil character, Baron, was too humorous and almost a large punchline. Asa Butterfield played the main role, Jake (which is supposed to be Jacob by the way), and played it more monotone than I felt it should be. Tim Burton why didn’t you make it more accurate to the book?!?!

My younger brother gave this movie a seven out of ten, but, personally, I would rate it a five out of ten. My favorite part of the film was probably Enoch’s character development. Although the movie did throw in a random Olive love plot twist thing (also she’s the one with fire powers now apparently and has to wear gloves) and completely changed the direction of the plot, I must admit that Enoch was more likable in the movie than in the book. He seemed to have more underlying motives that I enjoyed figuring out or understanding.

THE HOLLOWGASTS WERE NOT SCARY!!!!!!!(kinda they were like multiple slendermans-erin)!!!!!! They reminded my friend and me about “Spooky Scary Skeletons” (and when they had actual skeletons they used xylophone noises for their sounds).

Also, they did not do my favorite character justice. Millard Nullings was missing his inner turmoil about his invisibility and his stress and his awesome one-liners — he was looking for himself! But where was that in the movie? No, he was just naked all the time! (tbh that joke was STRUNG out through that movie)

I feel like the movie did not accurately portray the danger of the peculiars’ situation. The antagonist was too goofy to be taken seriously.

Bottom line: Do not watch this movie for a rendition of the book. The movie may be based off of the book, but you should still enjoy the movie for how it is.

But I think that it was KINDA cool, if you don’t compare it to the book and don’t mind some awkward movie scenes. There were cool parts where stop-motion animation was incorporated into the movie, but the lack of seriousness in some potentially serious scenes.

Let us know what we should watch next!

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