Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was one of our most anticipated movies for this year so we were thrilled to see it on opening day. Below are our thoughts compared to the first book in the series, which we both have read.
Out September 30th 2016
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, 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.
Let's talk about the movie in relation to the book.
How was the casting compared to the characterizations in the book? Did the actors match what was in your head?
Nancy: The actors did not match the vision in my head. However, the actors exceeded my expectations, especially Eva Green's portrayal of Miss Peregrine. They not only brought the story to life but made it real for me.
Christy: One of the benefits to the story are the creepy photos that Ransom brought to life through words. In the movie, the cast and costumers are tasked with not only bringing the words but the photos to life, as well. Overall, the casting and costuming was superb, with a few minor exceptions (Jack's dad...So not what I envisioned). Eva Green embodied a caring and strong Miss Peregrine and Asa Butterfield was a good match for Jake. The Hollows were different than I expected but I blame myself for imagining them less like humans. There is one case of a character's name being switched with another's peculiarity but I don't think this takes away from the story.
What about the story? Did it live up to the creepy and beautiful writing from Ransom Riggs? Were there any major scenes that grabbed your attention?
Nancy: I don't know what you call those big stick figure men (Christy: they're hollowgasts, Nancy *eye roll*) but they scared the beejesus out of me. And Samuel L Jackson made me actually like Barron - I thought he was funny!
Christy: I read the book when it originally came out so my mind was fuzzy with the specifics. Having revisited the book following the movie, I can say that the overall story is intact, though it feels rushed. I was thrown off by the ending, having read the sequels. I guess they aren't planning additional movies?
Talk to us about ambiance and the overall tone of the movie.
Nancy: There was a gothic, creeptastic vibe, but could I look at it and guess it was Tim Burton? No, but he envisioned it correctly and set the right tone so the audience could enjoy it.
Christy: When the movie was announced, there was no question in my mind that Tim Burton was the one who needed to direct this movie. His creepy vibe and overall darker tone are perfect. Somehow that didn't fully translate the way I imagined it would and there was more humor than I expected. This made the story more kid-friendly than the book was. It was brighter than I thought it would be.
What about the feels? Did the feels match-up between the book and movie?
Nancy: No, there were a lot more emotions in the book. Emotions toward his grandfather, growing up with his grandfather, the connection with the other children, especially Emma.
Christy: At the beginning, yes. You feel for Jake and his loss, as well as his need to figure out what really happened. Asa Butterfield portrays this well. As the movie goes on, I lost that connection, though I did like the ending for what it was (but the way the third book ended had me sobbing so there's that).
Share some final thoughts and reactions.
Nancy: I would highly recommend seeing the movie but because of the scary content, would live the littles at home.
Movie > Book
Christy: Overall, I'm glad I went. The movie has wide appeal and will get a large draw considering the media storm and the fact that Tim Burton is directing.
Book > Movie
Did you see it opening weekend? Have plans to see it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!