Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This entertaining and appealing fantasy-adventure film is creepy and surprisingly scary at times. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is directed by Tim Burton and has memorable characters.


A teenager named Jake discovers a house full of children with supernatural powers run by Miss Peregrine when he goes back to 1943. Soon, he must help protect the children and their home from their dangerous enemies.

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Movie details

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Finlay MacMillan, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Lauren McCrostie
Writer: Jane Goldman
Release Date (Australia): 29 September 2016
Runtime: 127 minutes/2h 7m
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains scary scenes and multiple sequences that feature depictions of large menacing monsters and people being attacked by the monsters. The film also contains fantasy themes in the form of characters using special abilities.

Violence (M)

The film contains scenes of fantasy violence, including depictions of monsters eating eyeballs and the monsters being shot with spurts of blood.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes infrequent use of the words “bollocks”, “crap”, “damn” and “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Ransom Riggs’ original fantasy concept is actually quite intriguing and appealing when his words are transformed into a motion picture, but Tim Burton executes the idea in a way that’s actually creepier than most horror movies. BUT, you can’t really continue with the fact that this film is unsettling and often scary because it’s not established as a horror movie, it’s an older kids’ fantasy adventure with a handful of dark thrills.

Honestly, there’s even a good chance viewers who aren’t particularly interested or compelled into fantasy films will still thoroughly enjoy this one. Asa Butterfield gives a solid performance as just an ordinary, maybe a little bit of an outcast teenager who is lured towards and discovers a home run by Miss Peregrine for children with special abilities. The film is excellent at designing its protagonists and antagonists with their side factors as well. Samuel L. Jackson delivers a menacing villain who, as always, gives you a bit of a chuckle here and there.

Eva Green is an astounding Miss Peregrine and the children are all uniquely engaging. There’s scary depictions of monsters known as the “hollows” who have an entire interesting backstory, but they’re also involved in some of the fresh movement that comes towards the climax which creates some interesting visuals. The final touch is the theme music and the great pacing of the story.

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