Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children full movie review - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I saw the trailer for this film, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, it looked good, and I got particularly excited that it was by director directed by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice
, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), written by Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class). Basically Abraham "Abe" Portman (Terence Stamp) has told his grandson Jacob "Jake" Portman (Hugo's Asa Butterfield) stories for years, about his childhood during World War II spent at "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" on the coast of Wales. Jake gets a frantic phone call from his grandfather, he and his drugstore co-worker Shelley (O-Lan Jones) rush to his house, Jake finds Abe in the woods behind the house, he tells Jake to find "the bird, the loop and September 3, 1943", then he dies. Following advice from his psychiatrist Dr. Golan (Allison Janney), Jake and his father Franklin (The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd) travel to Wales to find the children's home of his grandfather's stories, but he and his father find it was destroyed in a Nazi bombing during the war. The next day, Jake returns to the destroyed house, he is greeted by some of the Peculiar Children, they take him through a cave on the coast, this is in fact a portal going back in time to 1943, there Jake is taken to Miss Peregrine's Home, headmistress Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green) and the residents, the "Peculiars", possess unique abilities. Miss Peregrine can transform into a peregrine falcon and manipulate time; teenager Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell) is aerokinetic, she is lighter than air, so wears lead shoes or a tether to stop herself floating away, she can manipulate air and create bubbles underwater; and teenager Enoch O'Conner (Finlay MacMillan) can resurrect the dead and bring life to inanimate objects. Other Peculiars include pyrokinetic (fire emitting) teenager Olive Abroholos Elephanta (Lauren McCrostie); invisible boy Millard Nullings (Cameron King); super-strong young girl Bronwyn Bruntley (Pixie Davies); young girl Fiona Fruanfeld (Georgia Pemberton) who can control and maintain plants; young boy Hugh Apiston (Milo Parker) who has bees in his stomach; cute young girl Claire Densmore (Raffiella Chapman) with an extra sharped- toothed mouth on the back of her head; stylish boy Horace Somnusson (Hayden Keeler-Stone) who through a monocle can project his dreams; and the masked Twins (Joseph Odwell and Thomas Odwell) who later reveal themselves as gorgons (turning people to stone by their gaze). Miss Peregrine explains that she is part of a class of Peculiars known as "Ymbrynes" , she also explains her manipulation of time, a time loop, she has her time loop permanently set on September 3, 1943, the day of the bombing, she can rewind time back 24 hours, so she and the children can live, never ageing and hiding from the outside world forever. Jake finds out that he is also a Peculiar, with the ability to see monsters invisible to everyone else, these monsters are former Peculiar humans transformed by a failed experiment, they are now "Hollowgasts" (or "Hollows"), led by shapeshifter Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), they hunt for Peculiars to eat their eyeballs, enough to become visible, but with glowing white eyes. Jake discovers in a letter from Abe that Barron is stalking a time loop in Blackpool, England in 2016, at a seaside carnival, created by Miss Esmeralda Avocet (Dame Judi Dench), who can transform into an avocet bird; Barron raided the loop and killed Avocet's children and is trying to repeat his experiment with even more Ymbrynes. Returned to 2016, Jake realises a hallow is close to finding the home, he goes to warn his new friends, but he is followed by a visitor on the island, an ornithologist named John Lemmon (Rupert Everett), in fact it is Barron in disguise, he also reveals he disguised himself as Dr. Golan. Barron reveals he tried to find the home previously, by getting information from Abe, but his Hollow companion knocked him out before he could answer, as Dr. Golan he encouraged Jake to come to the island, in hope to guide him to the time loop, with Jake as his hostage Barron is able to force Miss Peregrine to come with him. The children, Jake and Miss Avocet are left behind, Malthus arrives and kills Miss Avocet, but Jake and the children escape, just as the raid bomb drops, killing Malthus, meaning that Abe will not die in the future, it also means that the time loop is closed, leaving Jake and the children in 1943. Emma uses her ability to raise a sunken ship from the bottom of the ocean so that they can travel to Blackpool and rescue Miss Peregrine, they find the time loop on Blackpool Pier and travel to the future, where they use their abilities to fight the Hollows. Barron's Hollow and Wight accomplices are killed, Jake frees Miss Peregrine and other captured Ymbrynes, Barron disguises himself as Jake to confuse the children, but the last remaining Hollow arrives, Barron is unable to see it, so is killed, Jake then kills the Hollow after his death. In the end, Jake says goodbye to the children and returns to the present day in Florida, where Abe is alive and well, he gives him a map to other time loops, and over time periods Jake is eventually able to find his way back to love interest Emma and the children. Also starring Kim Dickens as Jake's Mom and Louis Davison as Victor Bruntley. Butterfield, Green, Jackson and the other cast members do well, the story and plot is just about understandable, and the special effects and weirdness of the whole thing are what you'd expect from Burton, it is a worthwhile dark fantasy. Good!