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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Laura Knapp, Crown Staff

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After months of waiting, the beloved novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, has finally made its way to the big screen. The plot follows Jacob, a sixteen year old boy from Florida, whose grandfather’s last words lead him to an abandoned orphanage in Wales. Once there, he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of peculiar children and the monsters that hunted them may have been more than just fiction.

The movie was directed by Tim Burton, starred big name actors such as Samuel L. Jackson so it seemed promising going in. However, I  found the plot had some major holes, and the large cast lacked development.The talented main cast members still made the movie enjoyable, Eva Green gives a great performance as Miss Peregrine, and Asa Butterfield preformed well as Jake.  What the movie lacked in story, it made up for in style. Burton’s signature style was heavily present, and the special effects were superb. The setting the movie takes place in it truly brought to life, and the spectacles that the children perform are wonderfully imaginative.

Shorty after watching the movie, I sat down and read the book. Chapter by chapter, the plot holes were filled, and characters became more interesting; a more intriguing story began to take shape.  The movie definitely took some creative license, and because of that it did not pan out. Perhaps the run time was too short, or the writers simply dropped the ball; In the end, the result is the same: the book far outshines the movie.

My final verdict is to avoid this movie in theaters; If you do decide to watch it, save it for home. Going in blind you will be entertained, but fans of the novel will surely be underwhelmed. The best way to enjoy this story is in print; and prospect for a sequel does not look good. I give this movie a 6/10.

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