Escape Velocity

A curated Collection of Fantasy and Science Fiction Media

Haunted by mysterious events in his grandfather’s life, Jacob travels to the Welsh island of Cairnholm to learn the truth of his grandfather’s old stories. Here, he finds the ruins of an orphanage, Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children. Who were the children who lived in this house? What was so peculiar about them? And why were they hidden away on the island?

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the kind of movie that constantly keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen, and I liked that. I entered without any foreknowledge or expectations and was quickly ensnared by the plot’s mysteries and the movie’s suitable dark atmosphere (as can be expected from Tim Burton’s cinematography).  And even later on in the story, long after all the mysteries were unraveled, I was engrossed with the marvelous (action) scenes that were presented.


I suspect the original novel has a lot more depth (allegories of the Holocaust?) than can be transferred into a movie, both in terms of characters and plot. This becomes somewhat apparent at times. However, the (child) actors deliver an excellent performance in their limited amount of screen time. I also quite liked Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of the antagonist.


Though Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is supposed to be a family movie, I wonder if younger children would enjoy the plot, which can be somewhat slow or even confusing at times. Also, be prepared for some minor gruesome visuals.

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