Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

DVD - 2016
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Jacob discovers clues to a mystery and stumbles upon Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. However the mystery is deeper than he had thought, as he gets to know the residents and learn about their special powers. Jacob discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY Mis
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1 (English),descriptive audio 5.1,Dolby digital 2.0 (Spanish, French)
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aavishkakumar
Aug 18, 2017

It was outstanding! I just wish I had seen it in the movies for the epic scenery. Was very well made and the actors were brilliant.

JCLSheidaB Jul 20, 2017

Sorry fans of the book: I liked the movie more! And it's all Tim Burton's fault.

AL_SARAHW Jul 13, 2017

If you enjoyed the book, this film might not be for you. The creative liberties taken with the characters and plot gave the film a different feel than the "world" that was created by Ransom Riggs.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 24, 2017

I liked the movie but to be honest the book was better. I decided to watch the movie on the weekend in the middle of the night. The movie was really interesting and cool because of the special effects and acting. The movie is a bit different from the book because in the book Emma is supposed to have fire powers but in the movie she’s flying. I was a bit surprised to see Asa Butterfield from TBITSP because I didn't even know he was going to be in the movie. There's not much to say about the movie but that it's cool and interesting. But I prefer the book, like the bookworm I am :) .4/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Library_Jill Jun 14, 2017

A brilliantly colorful Tim Burton adaptation of Ransom Riggs's book by the same name: fans of the book will enjoy seeing the characters brought to life, while viewers who have not read the book should be able to follow along without much confusion. The first half of the movie was impressively faithful to the book, and where the second half deviated, I appreciated that it did so in a way that would allow this movie to stand on its own, rather than depending on a sequel that may not come.

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humbleworm
Jun 10, 2017

The premise of an orphanage for peculiar children is interesting and the fact that they don't all have obviously-useful superpowers or magic abilities is at least a little more realistic, but I think the plot suffers from hanging so much on the villain and his hollows (too much like the Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth .. shudder). Miss Peregrine's abilities are a mismatched 2 for 1 that I suppose are necessary for the plot. It just wasn't as good as I expected.

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brovnikdu
Jun 04, 2017

I, actually, liked it.

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QuentinHayes
Jun 01, 2017

Tim Burton has definitely lost his touch. Very little plot, poor pacing, way too creepy for the preschool crowd, but the timing isn't appropriate for anyone else.

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Pen__
May 17, 2017

Typical predictable Tim Burton, tounge in cheek, dark gorey humor, relies on special effects, sex, and no imagination. Veers far from the imtriquate, detailed fantastic books, and is a statement on the hollywood one hit wonder mentality.

Very disapointed, absolutely silly and time wasting at the end.

The books are close to Harry Potter in imagination, dialogue, worlds, fantasy, and were not used other than a broad idea. Unfortunately the author chose to sell his great books to Tim, rather than wait for a director that would have done the literature justice, and made mega hits, taking many years , creating three or four films. Characters were changed, and 99% of the great resource of the books was ignored.

Rather than strive for quality, it is modern version of an old fashioned "B horror movie", classic Tim Burton... not for the under 10 crowd, or they will get nightmares from the animated portrayed evil, much not even in the books.

Firstly, the film is very visually appealing. It boasts a grey palette reminiscent of the black and white pictures that made the book upon which the film is based so iconic.
That said, the film stumbles with its plotting. It's anticlimactic and unrealistic climax/ending drag the whole story down. Eva Green as Miss Peregrine is a formidable and interesting presence, though she is underused in the script. The peculiarities of the characters are more interesting than any of the characters themselves. And Samuel Jackson's role as the central antagonist is just plain terrible. His feeble attempts at humor and sarcasm destroy the real terror that the wight monsters radiated in Rigg's book.
Before Jackson crashes the scene, the film does create an appealing gothic/horror vibe with its monsters. Burton is not afraid to push PG-13 boundaries, and it helps create needed conflict within the plot.
However, the film's visuals and first 2/3 thirds (which follow the book fairly closely) make it worth a watch. Just feel free to skip the climax.

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ice_assassin
Jun 26, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: For Children who are young, do not watch alone without an adult to be by your side. Monster are killed and some of war scene are shown. Young children please be discourage if you are under the age of 13

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the monster characters are quite hideous and could invoke nightmares - especially in younger folk.

Violence: Some monsters are killed. Some people are killed and/or violently attacked and/or maimed.

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