After the bizarre death of his grandfather, Jake (Asa Butterfield) takes a trip to an island in Wales to look for answers. He quickly finds himself in an extraordinary situation with extradorinaiy people. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the 2011 novel of the same name, dives right into a world of fantasy and the supernatural. After some lackluster films the past few years, Tim Burton is finally getting back to what he does best and this film is exactly what fans will love.
Throughout Jake’s childhood, his grandfather Abraham (Terence Stamp) would tell him stories of a place he lived as a child. A home filled with children, all who had peculiar abilities from invisibility to extreme strength and more. Jake held a close bond with his grandfather, but as he grew older he began to believe the stories to be nothing more than bedtime fairytales. That is until one night when he witnesses the very unnatural death of his beloved grandfather.
During his final moments, Abraham pleads with Jakes to find the bird who will tell him the truth. Seemingly the rambles of a dying man, but Jake can’t shake it. Under the guise of needing time to heal, he and his father Franklin (Chris O’Dowd) travel to the island Abraham claimed housed the children’s home. That is when Jake discovers the whimsical tales his grandfather told him were really true.
You’ll love all the characters in this movie, which are played by a fantastic cast of young actors, as well as some veterans such as Samuel L. Jackson and Judi Dench. But no one compares to the titular character Miss Peregrine played by the ever-so-wonderful Eva Green. Such an amazing character that Green delivers in a way I don’t think another could. My only real criticism is how she disappears during the last part of film. She never quite returns with the same spunk and was missed.
For fans of Burton, this film will be a refreshing story and visual experience. This one seems to bring back the aspects fans enjoy. Even some great stop-motion moments thrown in. It’s creepy and fun and in perfect Burton style. It’s one of those rare films that gives you a wonderful feeling when you leave. The sort of emotion you get after watching Harry Potter and think, I wish this world existed and I was part of it. Make sure you check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.