Filled with thrill, adventure, and a whole lot of laughter, this film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton did not disappoint.
I’ve anxiously awaited the release of this film ever since word got around about its production last year. Now, I assumed they would follow the plot of the books and make like a series of three films but after watching the film, I believe they’ve condensed the contents of all three books quite well.
The film follows the story of Jacob discovering the Peculiar Children’s house and the thrilling adventure that follows the kidnapping of Miss Peregrine by one of the Wights. While there was a possibility of the arc of the film getting boring. Tim Burton perfectly maintained mystery, delivered adventure and satisfied everyone.
I absolutely loved the way he captured the peculiarity of it all, adding a bit of humour which was befitting for the younger cast and audience of the film. The mid World War 2 era was captured well with costumes and music and the landscape of whether it be Florida or Wales was spot on.
As soon as I saw they’d cast Asa Butterfield for the role of Jacob I was convinced there would be no one who would befit the role better. Special mention should go to Eva Green who plays Miss Peregrine and did a stunning performance.
At the beginning, I was a little iffy that Emma (played by Ella Purnell) had the peculiarity of floating whereas in the books she can conjure fire, which happens to be Olive’s peculiarity in the books. All very confusing for non-book readers I know but as the story progresses I can see why there was a switch in peculiarities and how Emma ends up playing a much critical role in the film. But I still think the female protagonist should’ve had a badass peculiarity such as conjuring fire.
Overall, it was an incredible adaptation. I think Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs really took book to movie adaptations to a greater level where they took the idea from all three novels and created this amazing film that takes you on a peculiar journey.
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