Film Review: Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


In association with The Grosvenor

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As a big fan of the novel I had really high expectations and was ready to walk in the cinema with a snobby “you should read the book” mindset. Surprisingly, although there were a couple of differences, mainly towards the end, I was not disappointed.

The film opens with Jake Portman (played by a very grown up Asa Butterfield – long gone are the days of an innocent looking child in Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) playing witness to his grandfather’s murder. In the hope to follow his Grandpa’s final words, Jake finds himself in Wales, where he meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and her Peculiar Children. They live in what’s called a “Loop” where they re-live the same day over and over again. By doing this, they hope to keep them and their abilities secret from those hunting them: Mr Barron (Samuel L. Jackson) and his Hollowgasts; invisible monsters wanting to eat the Peculiars’ eyes.

Though the plot may seem somewhat easy and perhaps a little childlike, it’s the direction from Tim Burton that makes this movie one to watch. I won’t say it’s his best work but he was definitely the right man for the job as his use of lighting and camera angles help set the atmosphere inside the Loop and out, making it very clear which one you want to be part of. As well as this he adds his signature creepy animation reminding a little of Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland which makes you want to turn away in fear and disgust, but also keep watching to make sure you don’t miss anything!

It’s a fun and magical movie with a great cast and a fabulous director. Though I’m not desperate to see it again if anyone were to hand me a spare ticket I would definitely want to go along!

[Kelly Macarthur – @_kellymacx]

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