‘Peculiar Children’ impresses with solid story line

by VANESSA DELGADO//Staff Writer

When a boy finds his grandfather has been murdered, it leads him to unlock a world that he thought was only in the bedtime stories he was told.

He finds a wonderful place that is stuck in the past that keeps the “peculiars,” which are people with abilities, safe. It is now being threatened to come crumbling down by evil peculiars.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a thrilling movie for adults and children. For anyone with kids, siblings, or a love for children’s movies, this film was great. It had a phenomenal storyline, creepy monsters, children with peculiar abilities, and a sense of humor. My child-like heart leaped for joy at the ending when good conquered evil, just like children’s movies should.

The movie started with a sense of mystery that made you keep your eyes on the screen. The scenes that followed were always better than the first. Saying it was enjoyable is an understatement. It’s a movie that you will want to see twice.

The cast was great. Samuel L. Jackson played the villain. He did an amazing job of capturing the role perfectly while also adding humor. Eva Green played the role of Miss Peregrine and knocked it out of the ballpark. She played the role of a protector to special children so well you would think she did it as a full-time job. Judy Dench was not a major actress in the movie but was a very familiar face.

The movie is based on the book of the same name. Typically, books are better than their movie counterparts. But this movie came pretty close to being just as good. This doesn’t surprise me, since the reputable Tim Burton directed the film. He is known for having a different style. His style worked very well with the theme of the movie. He can add it to his array of beloved films. Once again, he has delivered a movie with a fantastic storyline. My love for Burton grows after each movie he directs is released.

While watching the movie, I felt like I could actually be in that world. I could be in a place where I can merely walk through a tunnel and emerge in the past, and peculiars could be living right next door. Once the movie is over, I realize that I am back in reality and the only place it can actually exist is in your imagination. Hopefully, Burton will come out with another thrilling movie soon.

I am a huge fan, and it makes me admire his creativity so much more. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and Burton’s trademark style worked well together. It was an eerie movie that fit into the gothic theme that Burton tends to portray.

I would give this movie four and a half stars. The only thing missing was a stronger emotional twist. Besides that, I look forward to watching it again as soon as I can.

I will definitely be buying this movie when it comes out on DVD.

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