Flash Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It may still be evolving but at one time the word peculiar had a narrow definition. If someone did not fit in and what I mean by that is look or act the same, they were considered different. Being labeled different was like getting a life term in prison. The mentality back then was not so dissimilar to a science fiction television show where there was an alien species that tried to assimilate human beings into their world where there were no independent thoughts or actions; every being was part of a central collective and all looked the same. This is how it could feel to someone who was considered odd. There was a school near my house where all the students were issued a standard uniform; each one of them had to wear the drab colored clothing. At the time I thought it would be horrible to be told to wear the same thing every day. But I did not realize that dressing in clothes one prefers could set the person up for ridicule. I could see how everyone wearing the same outfit would eliminate a person picking on a fellow student for wearing something different. Now I grant you the issue of clothing only scratches the surface on how people react to someone who is not the same as them. I am sure we all have seen stories in the news about incidents where being different causes a conflict. What I would like to know is when and how did differences among us became a negative trait? I have always wondered if it was due to the level of education, fear or maybe something that gets taught for the wrong reasons. We hear more and more about diversity and I believe the entire planet is just one big melting pot for everything living on it. There is room for everyone.   DISCOVERING information to a mystery Jake, played by Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo) is lead to a special place filled with unusual beings. Based on the bestselling book series this adventure fantasy had a wonderful look to it. Starring Eva Green (Dark Shadows, 300: Rise of an Empire) as Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine, Samuel L. Jackson (The Legend of Tarzan, Big Game) as Barron and Ella Purnell (Wildlike, Never Let Me Go) as Emma Bloom; the acting was a bit off for me. Where I thought Eva was perfect in her role with the look and movement, I thought Samuel was doing what has become his standard role now in most of his movies. Sure he does it well but how many times do we need to see the same style of character? This dramatic film started out slow for me; I found the script dull at first. Halfway through the story things starting to pick up and I began to enjoy this picture. I am guessing the book has to be better. As for the special effects, some of them were gleefully fun but others were just so-so. As a side note the majority of the audience at my viewing was young adolescents. I enjoyed the message of this story regarding our differences; I only wished it was carried through the whole film which could have been a more exciting experience for me.

 

2 1/3 stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 4, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I have this one on my list of movies I want to watch so I was wondering if it was going to be any good. I think I will check it out!

  2. I felt like Jackson played his character too much as a comical villain. He wasn’t the dark, evil character that I was expecting to see.

  3. My oldest boys loved the books but I’m hearing that the movie is mediocre. One to wait for on the small screen I think. I wonder when Burton is going to get his groove back?

  4. I love the books and I will absolutely see the film. Maybe I wait until it’s on DVD

  5. I read the book and watch the film as well, a bit different but that’s normal in turning a story into a movie. Love the movie more than the book, probably because of visuals and things like that. I would rate the movie 4/5. Generous score, but it’s because I enjoyed every minute of it, honestly.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and thoughts on this movie. I am more curious to read the book now because you felt the film was better. It is wonderful to hear you had such a good time watching this picture. Thanks again.

  6. Loved the book and the film. As usual, the film strayed a bit from the book, but I enjoyed the fruits of Burton’s creativity. Great review! 🙂

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