We at BMAF love the films of Tim Burton, no other director is more guaranteed of our bottoms on seats when he has a new film out, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children will certainly continue this trend.
An adaptation of the book of the same name by Ransom Riggs, after seeing a synopsis, when we knew Tim was bringing it to the screen, we sought the book out, we have now just read it again as the film is nearly upon us.
The book centres on Jacob (Asa Butterfield in the film) and the tales he was told about a special orphanage/school by his grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp) as a child. As Jacob grows up he questions the reality of these stories, but all that changes when he received a distressing call, he sees a monster take Abe away, yet his friend did not see it!
As Jacob grows up he questions the reality of these stories, but all that changes when he received a distressing call, he sees a monster murder Abe, yet his friend did not see it!
AafterAftertrips for Jacob to see a psychiatrist, he and his father believe visiting the orphanage could give him some much-needed answers.
in searching for the mysterious orphanage, he meets a girl called Emma (Ella Purnell)
She is in effect, a love interest for Jacob, she can make fire with her hands. This is one of readers biggest issues about the film, as she has been changed to be able to control air in the film, a power swapped with the book’s Olive (Lauren McCrostie) in the film.
With Emma, is also Millard (Cameron King) an invisible boy. They take Jacob to the orphanage where we also meet Bronwyn (Pixie Davies) who has incredible strength; Claire (Raffiella Chapman) who eats from the back of her head; Enoch (Finlay MacMillan) who can bring the dead to life and Miss Peregrine (Eva Green)
We learn that Jacob has been taken back in time, and the orphanage is stuck in a time loop, which continually repeats the same day. This is to prevent them being attacked by Hollowgasts, the monster that killed his grandfather. The time loop has been created by Miss Peregrine as her special power.
Soon the orphanage finds itself under attack from Wights, an evolved form of the hollowghasts, who are after powers from the peculiar children. They can take human form, and one will be Barron (played by Samuel L. Jackson) there is another, but that would be a big spoiler.
Decisions need to be made, do they need to leave the loop, will Jacob stay with them or return to modern day, never to return. We suggest you head to the cinema for the film or read the book =)
The film trailer, caused uproar for the book’s readers, in part due to the aforementioned change around of powers, but also because of a skeleton army not in the book (we would imagine this will be to do with Enoch’s character, as in the book, he brought characters to life with hearts, I’m sure the skeletons will be a less graphic way to show that)
However, Ransom, on his twitter account @ransomriggs has spoken of his love of the film and accepts the changes and is indeed very proud of it. you can see his tweet here:
We also have high hopes as the book has been adapted for the screen by Jane Goldman, whose credits include Stardust; The Woman in Black; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Kick-Ass; X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past!
Tim has adapted books to great success before with the likes of Big Fish and his last two films Frankenweenie and Big Eyes showed him at his best, whereas reception for his reboots such as Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows have been less well received.
We have extremely high hopes for this movie, we also hope to read the book sequel, Hollow City as soon as possible.
Are you looking forward to Miss Peregrine’s ? Have you read the book, can you accept the changes? We would love to hear from you
You can buy Miss Peregrine’s book here:
You can watch the film trailer on the movie’s website here: