Waiting for a flight a few years ago, a book caught my eye: on the cover was a black and white photo of a girl who appeared to be floating. After buying and then devouring every word of the book while on the plane, I fell in love with all the peculiar characters in Ransom Riggs amazing book “Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.” Having read the sequel “Hollow City” and getting ready to start book 3 “Library of Souls” I am beside myself with excitement to hear Tim Burton is working on bringing Miss Peregrine and her amazing children to the big screen. It is obvious to anyone who has read the books and sees the trailer that things are already changed from the original. That being said, with Tim Burton bringing his dark, creative mind to this story, I am hoping it will only be better! Some critics are already trying to compare “Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children” to the mutant academy in the “X-Men” series, but there is plenty of room for both stories. First off they are not that similar if you actually read them, and also Miss Peregrine’s story is not as much about fighting as it is about being a love story, that spans different dimensions and time periods.
If you have not read the books then you need to know basically what they are about. “Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children” is based around a series of creepy vintage photographs, that author Ransom Riggs collected. On his website Ransom says, “I have an unusual hobby: I collect other people’s pictures. The ones I love are old and orphaned and have found their way into flea markets or swap meets or into the hands of collectors. I have thousands, some of which have found their way into my books.” His book “Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children” is an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting adventure that centers on 16-year-old Jacob, who, after the death of his grandfather, follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive. Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is. As mentioned earlier, the movie introduces things a bit differently, but it looks beautiful and is going to be one of those movies that will watched over and over.
Tim Burton is the perfect director to bring all the “peculiar” characters to life. As quoted in “EW”, Burton shared that he too, found inspiration in the strange black and white vintage photos. “They’re quite compelling,” he said. “They remind me of old horror movies, or dreams.” Eva Green (most recently seen in Penny Dreadful) stars as the title character, a shape-shifter known as an ymbryne. She protects her wards (called peculiars) from hungry monsters known as hollows. “She’s like a scary Mary Poppins, and she can turn into a bird,” Burton says. The movie also stars: Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children” is due out in theaters on September 30th, 2016. For more info on the movie go to the official: Website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Director: Tim Burton. Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping