Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Movie Review]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Movie Review]
Hey everyone!
Today I wanted to a do a movie discussion with you all
because I watched Miss Peregrine’s Home
for Peculiar Children.
The same day that I watched the movie was also the
day I finished the book, because I only speed read the book because I wanted to
have that knowledge before I saw the movie. That’s just me 😀
So, the trailer was AHMAZING and I was really really
excited to be seeing this movie. But to be honest, the trailer itself was
better than the actual movie in many ways. I’m not saying that it was a
bad movie – it was okay. But there were definitely points that didn’t make
sense, and some that just were different than the book and shouldn’t have been. And then there were some good points too.
First of all, let’s start with what they did differently
from the book which I either approved or didn’t approve of. For starters, they
changed some of the characters. This both worked and didn’t work at the same
time. One of the characters that were changed were Miss Peregrine herself.
Instead of being someone who was all for manners and the such, instead they
made her someone who was much more focused on time and really looking after her
children. And I LOVED that change! It worked so well for the atmosphere of the
movie, and the way in which she took control at all times, despite whatever was
happening. The actress who played her pulled it off expertly. I was incredibly
satisfied with her character.
They also switched Emma and Olive’s power. I wondered why
they did that, but maybe it’s just because the peculiarity of air is cooler?
They changed it from levitating to air – I see why; for the movie to work it
had to be that way. I was fine with that. But I just didn’t like that the
switched those powers up. Fire suited Emma’s personality so much! I do see why
they did it though.
I also felt like Enoch’s character was interpreted pretty
differently as well. He was jealous through and through in the movie, and
that’s rather toned down in the book. Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t mind the
jealousy at all! But they didn’t give him any personality outside of that, and
that’s what bothered me quite a bit.
Another thing which was different were the addition of
the twins. I loved the twins, even though they didn’t say much. I wish there
was more of them in the movie! And their peculiarity was so cool, so it could
have been even more epic if they were featured more.
Speaking of characters, let me just squeeze in that I
loved Millard and Horace so much. They should’ve been included a bit more as
well!
A small change they made which I didn’t understand was the
reasoning behind why they changed the time of the loop from September
1940 to 1943. It made no difference at all on the movie in the slightest! So I
was so confused as to why. It’s a number. Don’t change petty things that don’t
need changing. #thebookwormrageisreal.
Now let’s talk about the plot holes… and there were quite
a few! At times, for instance – Emma is standing on the floor without a rope
attached to her (she was holding it herself) and without her shoes on (they
were in her hands with the rope in the scene I’m thinking of). That gives the
impression that she can control the levitation herself. And if she doesn’t
always levitate when she isn’t in her shoes or attached to a rope, then why
does she even need them? It makes them pointless! She even conveniently
levitated downwards when they needed to. That means she could do that at any
point! If you want to make her be able to control her levitation, then fine. If
you don’t, then fine. But don’t do half on half.
And then as well as that… the twins power itself. They use
it once, as a last resort. But once I knew what it was, I couldn’t help
thinking about why they hadn’t used it before? Half the issues in this movie
could be solved if they unleashed the twins. But no… they don’t use their
peculiarity when times call for it at all. So yeah, that was another thing that
just didn’t make sense.
In fact, I felt like in general they really focused on
four, maybe five characters and sort of downplayed all the rest of the
peculiarities. They could’ve been used a lot more and I would’ve liked to see
them in action. It’s hard when there are powers in movies, and harder yet to get everyone to use
them – I understand. But if Marvel can manage, so can they with this one 😛
The costumes and the cinematography and all of that stuff
were good. I liked all the effects, and I think it made it look really
pleasing to the eye. I didn’t really expect anything less from a Tim Burton
movie though 😉
Another down was at the beginning, the acting was
terrible. All the way up until he meets the kids, I felt like they were reading
script lines… Which made me really worry about having to stay seated in that
cinema for the next two-something hours watching terrible acting. But the
actors and actresses all warmed up to it, which made me happy. But yeah, it was
a rough start.
I felt like the movie was slightly chaotic – they crammed
a bit too much into one movie, and it kind of made the ending a bit rushed and
way too fast paced.
ALL IN ALL THOUGH, this is not a bad movie. I’m
complaining a lot and pointing everything out – but maybe I’m too critical.
(Critical enough that my family doesn’t want to hear my comments and analyzing
after a movie, so I write them all in a long review to you guys.) It was a
decent watch and fairly enjoyable – I would give it three out of five stars. It
just had a lot of issues with it too, which can easily be overlooked if you’re
just sitting to watch a nice movie.
Olivia’s Question: Have you seen this movie? What did you
think of it? And should I be a bit less critical while watching?

Olivia-Savannah x


26 thoughts on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Movie Review]”

  • You finally saw this, I'm so happy!!! 😀
    I also liked the movie's Miss Peregrine better! She really cared about the children and the actress is amazing!
    I think I read something about why they changed Emma and Olive, if I remember correctly, if was because of aesthetics, they felt like it was more romantic to see Jacob walking around while pulling her sweetheart along with a rope.
    And yes, the effects were so well done <3 this movie was just beautiful.
    But oh my, the plot holes! I actually had a big long discussion with my family after this one, trying to come up with explanations and stuff 😛

    Lipstick and Mocha

    • It took me some time but I did finally get there, hehehe :3 Yeah, the movie Miss Peregrine had a real connection with the children, and was just the perfect balance of humor and motherly care! It's interesting to see the reason why they changed it. And I think I can understand it, in that sense. We had the same! My mum was so confused about why they didn't make things easier for themselves 😛

  • I loved this movie for the same reasons you did: the visuals are BEAUTIFUL, the actress who played Miss Peregrine was spot on, and overall, it kept me interested. I do agree with you though that it had a lot of faults. I didn't understand that year change either. What's the point of that?? Also, downgrading Enoch to a jealous boy with no other worth was a little annoying as was Emma's inconsistencies with her levitating. But all in all, I really liked it 🙂 Lovely review, Olivia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  • I didn't love the movie as much as the book. Go figure! Too much change can be very disappointing. And I agree, if Marvel can do it, so could they. LOL!

  • OHMYGOSH I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!! *ahem* I mean: I quite enjoyed this film and the book. Yes, you're totally right; plot-holes everywhere. I love Eva Green though, and it was both set in Wales and clearly filmed here!!!!! And it's like: yes! That is my home country! That's y gwlad, right there, in a film! XD Ha, I'm clearly overly-excited about this!

  • I loved this movie. I didn't read the book so I didn't have any expectations whatsoever. I'm glad you're familiar with it enough to tell the little differences between the book and the film.

  • I do want to read this book and see the movie. I don't think I could read the whole book and then see the movie all in one day like you did but seeing the movie soon after finishing the book sounds like a good plan.

  • I've read Miss Peregrines before but I wanna read it again as I don't remember much about it. After I read it, I'm definitely gonna watch the movie since the trailer did look pretty cool!

    I think it's good that you were critical while watching the movie. For me, when a book to movie adaptation adds in the crucial (even little) details from the book, it just makes me like the movie more. In my opinion when they don't add them details and create plot holes etc it's quite disappointing.

    • I hope you get to reread it soon and enjoy it just as much (or even more!) than the first time you read it. And I hope you like the movie. I was pretty critical… and I think that is just me and books in general. But plot holes are really disappointing to me :/

  • Let's just put it this way – My bf didn't seem very happy with the commentary I provided throughout the movie (he hasn't read the books). 🙂 I did like the movie, though. I just think it would have been better if it followed the book more closely.

  • I haven't seen this one yet only because I still need to read the book. I'm sure I'll be paying close attention to all the difference now that you've pointed it out. =)

  • I haven't read the book so I would have nothing to compare it to, but I the way you describe the movie is very chaotic indeed. It also surprisingly sounds like a rush job. It's a shame that Tim Burton no longer makes you think "quality" anymore, instead it's just "dark weirdness."

    Thanks for your review Olivia!

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