Tim Burton releases macabre film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Tim Burton Films

Katie Sohm, Student Life Editor

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” transports audiences into the strange and magical world of famous director Tim Burton. The movie, based on Ransoms Riggs’ 2011 New York Times Best Selling novel, focuses on Jacob (Asa Butterfield), a teenager who feels like an outcast in his hometown in Florida.

Jacob’s closest friend is his grandfather Abraham (Terence Stamp), who told Jacob interesting stories about his childhood and the school he attended when Jacob was a child. Jacob’s parents believe that his grandfather is suffering from dementia and that the stories he tells are a figment of his imagination. Jacob, however, has always believed them to be true. After Abraham’s mysterious death, Jacob travels to Wales to find out more about his grandfather’s life and what caused his death. With the help of Jacob’s amusing friends Emma (Ella Purnell), Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), and more, he is able to find the answers he has been looking for.

Some critics say it lets down Burton fans while others claim it might be Oscar-worthy and Burton’s best movie yet.”

— Katie Sohm

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” features some of Burton’s best stylistic qualities as the movie is slightly strange and macabre yet fascinating. Burton, who produced works including “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is also known for his oddly unique and elaborate plot lines. The characters are eccentric both in personality and appearance. Emma has giant beautiful eyes and is very lovely in both personality and demeanor, and possesses a unique power of controlling air. Jacob is adorably awkward and relatable to those who are somewhat shy. The movie showcases both the oddly beautiful gray landscape of Wales, as well as the magical scenery of Miss Peregrine’s home. The special effects are nothing special, but fit in well with the world Burton has created.

The beginning of the movie is slow, but it keeps the audience waiting for the action they know is coming. Once the plot gets moving, it’s hard to not to be enticed. The actors seamlessly fit in with the roles they portray, and each are charming in their own way. Eva Green and Ella Purnell seem to completely embody their characters in every way. Green successfully plays the role of the eccentric and protective Miss Peregrine, and Purnell perfectly captures Emma’s intelligence and kindness. The ending is satisfactory and hints at a possible sequel.

So far the reviews for the movie have been mixed, with some critics saying it lets down Burton fans while others claim it might be Oscar-worthy and is Burton’s best movie yet. This movie is sure to entertain viewers from a young age to an old age, and is a must see for lovers of fantasy.