Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But Mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.

This is time for 2017’s second film with my school’s film club; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children.

I feel like the other descriptions that I’ve read of it being a “Gothic” X-men feels rather apt. Except for the fact that pretty early on in the xmen films I felt a certain attachment to the characters… and the ability to evoke that reaction in me is often difficult therefore I didn’t really feel empathy for these characters. That is not to say I wasn’t left emotionally moved by this film. Anyway… back to the characters — they all have gifts… they just call them ‘perculiarities’ rather than ‘mutations.’ There’s someone who ants to guide and help the confused children… it’s easily to draw parallels between the two.

Woah! It’s dark! It’s really dark! To be honest, I’m surprised I’m watching this with students as young as twelve because the whole no-eyes, gangly limbs and terrifying ‘possession-type-moments’ are definitely giving me the heebie gejeebies! In case I haven’t mentioned before, I don’t really do anything remotely scary! I have a very low horror-film-tolerance … and I really feel like this 12-rated film is testing those boundaries!

Actors;

Eva green is impeccable! There’s a possible comparison here with Mary Poppins… but again, a slightly darker version! The Semi-Victorian dress, the posh British accent, the need to assist and care for children. She’s can portray the perfect level of professionalism and necessary pretentiousness whilst maintaining the hilarity and mystery required for the role. Perhaps its because she is surrounded by a large group of child-actors that can be wooden/forced at the best of times that she appears so outstanding. On the other hand, I do not with to discredit any of her abilities of an actress.

Asa Butterfield has been known for some of his quite poynient roles; The Boy In Striped Pyjamas and Ender’s Game. I do feel like, although he at risk of being typecast in these more serious roles, he is showing a great deal of talent for a boy of 19. Child actors can really grate on me and Ella Purnell (Emma) and Milo Parker (Hugh) were of the most irritating. I do struggle to watch films that contain a large number of children – it was however definitely aided by the fact that I was watching this film at school with many children relating to certain aspects of different characters. Ella Purnell was definitely tolerable in Maleficent and I hope that as the years progress she will soften. I do often sense potential and Ella most certainly has it… she is just very wooden. I hope this will ease with age and experience in the industry. 

Pixie Davis has to be the most adorable child actress ever! I fell in love with her when she appeared in We Bought A Zoo alongside Matt Damon. I’ve seen her in Humans, Esio Trot and Nativity 2! At no point did I think that she was too wooden or that she was over acting. She is a complete natural and I can’t wait to see her in a Mary Poppins Sequel later next year.

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