I saw Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with my daughters last week and MAN, was I confused. I read the first book in the three-part series and loved it, but drastic changes have been made to the big screen version. I thought that maybe Director Tim Burton was using elements from all three books but according to my 12-year-old daughter, that’s not the case. Emma says that the second half of this movie about odd children stuck in a time-loop, had no similarity to the books at all. She had so much to say, in fact, that I had Emma write her own review.
“I was looking forward to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children from the moment I saw the trailer. I’ve read all of the books and adored them, but I was beyond disappointed in this movie. In fact, I was flat out offended. There were so many unnecessary changes which ruined an already great story. It’s like half-way through the movie, Tim Burton said, ‘Forget it. Put in some cheesy love story and a godawful battle scene and we’ll call it a wrap.’
The acting from the lead was horrendous. I think someone told him (Asa Butterfield), ‘Whatever you do, show as little emotion as possible.’
If you are a fan of the book series, avoid this movie at all costs.
I’m giving Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a D-. Thanks for wasting my time with some Miss Peregrine wannabe. -Emma”
Emma was pretty upset, as you can plainly see, and I don’t blame her. It’s heartbreaking to have your favorite book series destroyed onscreen. I feel bad for Emma, but I feel even worse for Ransom Riggs, who wrote the Peregrine books. How must he feel? Imagine the excitement of a legendary director like Tim Burton taking on your work, and the disappointment when he essentially ruined it. Maybe Riggs can take a few years to distance himself from this disaster, then try a Miss Peregrine movie again. With a different director, of course.
(Parent Review: Parents should know that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is rated PG-13, which is strange for a movie that targets kids. There are no foul words or sexual references of any kind, but it IS scary. There are monsters who eat eyeballs, which is graphically depicted and gross beyond words. This is also strange because there is NO MENTION of eyeball-eating in the books. Parents should also be prepared to console young fans of the book series because Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children barely resembles it at all.)