Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 2016

     This film is based on a book by American author Ransom Riggs.  Abe Morton has spent years telling stories to his grandson Jake.  Abe calls Jake in the night for help and when he arrives he finds Abe dying.  Abe tells Jake to go to the loop of September 3, 1943 and the falcon will tell him everything?  Jake travels with his father to Cairnholm to find the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children that Abe talked about.  At first, he finds the entire property is destroyed during a Luftwaffe raid in WWII and he doesn’t think there is anyone there.  When he enters the house, he meets some of the children from Abe’s stories.  They take him to a portal in a cave and he emerges in the year 1943 with the house still standing.  This is the September 3, 1943 portal that Abe was talking about.
     There is a LOT going on in this film, a LOT of unusual characters with time travel and looping added!!  It’s intended for young adults from 12-16 years old.  Jason learns that Miss Peregrine and the children have a lot of enemies.  He helps them fight these enemies using their special powers and abilities.  I have to say that I am not a fan of Tim Burton film’s and especially the ones with Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.  It seems that his films get tiresome really quickly and you still have three-fourths of the movie left to watch?  I am more of a realist and the films also seem to be manic with a whirlwind pace?  All of this leaves me not wanting to pay attention?  2 ½* (This movie is so-so)

127 min, Adventure directed by Tim Burton with Eva Green Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie. 

Note:  Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 64% critic 61% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 2550 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Flanders, Belgium; Lancashire, Cornwall, England, UK; Sun City Center, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Largo, Gibsonton, Treasure Island, Florida. Some items in the book were changed in the film.  The ages of Olive and Bronwyn and the abilities of Olive and Emma are switched.  Olive is one of the youngest girls and has the ability to float.  Bronwyn is inhumanly strong and around the same age as Jake and Emma.  Emma controls fire and gains the ability to control air.

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