Film review

Film Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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.

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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.

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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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Book reviews

Book Review | Library of Souls

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Synopsis: 24120519A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion withLibrary of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience

The final installment in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left me with no complaints..

Ransom Riggs has this ability to capture a fairy tale-like adventure in his novels. There is this simplicity yet there is also depth. There is an organised sequence of events in the book which prevents the reader from getting lost in all the hustle-bustle.

The novel leaves you with life lessons about love, friendships and family I swear it’s not in a cheesy way though, more like a realistic and down to Earth way. It explores the nature of war and evil, the hunger for power and some quite serious themes in what I’ve already said is a special yet simple setting.

The character development is absolutely phenomenal. What was especially important was Jacob’s struggle in existing between the peculiar world and the normal world and his struggle throughout the novel between the Jacob he had become and the Jacob  he was and him eventually finding out that it was possible to be both. This led him to develop his Peculiar abilities. I like how this character development happened gradually throughout the novel and wasn’t a dramatic “breakthrough” of sorts.

I like how Jacob wasn’t always given the limelight, side-characters had their pasts explained and Jacob and Emma’s relationship which might just be the sweetest thing was resolved in its own way.

The world building was uh-mazing. From the beginning I had a clear picture of the British slum Devil’s Acre created in my mind. The photographs definitely helped. Riggs did a beautiful job of capturing the character of the place and the adversities people face living in such conditions and how it shapes them.

Peppered throughout the novel amidst war and chaos was a sort of dry humour which I very much enjoyed since it gave you a bit of a break and kept you grounded in a way.

Not to mention the vintage photography which has been present in all the novels of the series again added uniqueness and aided the reader in picturing peculiar things which might have otherwise been difficult to picture.

The final book in the series satisfied all my needs but it did just that, there wasn’t an element of MORE if you know what I mean but overall a must-read in my opinion.

Rating

4

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