Miss Peregrine’s: Peculiarly Good

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Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” based on of the novel by Ransom Riggs, is both mystical and gripping, with a plot line that is simultaneously enchanting and easy to follow. Tim Burton directs with imagination, bringing Riggs’ story to life in a way that is true to the spirit of the novel. 

When Jake’s (Asa Butterfield) grandfather, Abe, (Terence Stamp) is mysteriously killed, Jake is heartbroken. The only thing Abe leaves behind is a series of mysterious clues that span time and space that eventually lead Jake to the island of Cairnholm. There he finds Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children. As Jake becomes more and more entangled in the mysterious world that these children inhabit, he learns about their unique talents, known as Peculiarities. He quickly learns that not all Peculiars are kind. The children have many ruthless enemies who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Jake discovers that his own Peculiarity can help save not only his friends but his family too.

The movie and book versions of a work are hardly ever identical and “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” is no exception. One major change is in the female characters, Emma Bloom, played by Ella Purnell, and Olive Elephanta, presented by Lauren McCrostie.

In the novel, Emma is capable of controlling fire and Olive is lighter than air with the ability to control air. The movie swaps the abilities of these characters, allowing for striking cinematic moments, such as when Jake pulls a levitating Emma down to him or when Emma resurfaces  a sunken ship using her breath.

There are several other small changes including the length of time that passes. In the book, it takes Jake several weeks to discover the children’s home once he reaches the island. In the movie, it takes him only a few days.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” is a fantastical story with characters that you can’t help but become invested in. Each character is completely unique and, despite their magical abilities, relatable. The relationships between the characters translate very well from page to screen.

All in all, the film was very entertaining and definitely worth going to see, even if you haven’t read the book.


– Ashlynn Long – Asst. Views Editor –