Director Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a delightful fantasy in which contemporary teenage Floridian Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) enters a portaland discovers his, recently deceased Grandfather’s (Terrance Stamp) stories of monsters in World War II are actually true.
The distraught Jake is taken to Wales, the scene of his Grandfather’s stories, and finds himself transported to September 3, 1943, the day a German bomb fell on Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) home for children with peculiar talents such as Olive’s (Lauren McCrostie) ability to create fire with her hands or Emma’s (Ella Purnell) ability to blow enough air to refloat a sunken ship.
In addition to Miss Peregrine’s ability to turn into a falcon, she has been able to reset time each day to the 24 hours before the bomb drops, creating a loop in which the children are safe forever.
However, there are negative peculiars led by Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), who are trying to find the children whose…get this…eyeballs they use for food. Yum!?
That bit of grossness aside, Jake finds his own special ability and a way in which he may be able to reverse the future, as well as save the children.
But, will he have to give up his love for Emma to do that?
If you like Potteresque fantasy, this film is for you. Many audience members applauded at the end of the screening.
I give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a 3.8 out of 5.