When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that reaches back across time itself, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. A place where children with certain gifts are kept safe, in a time-loop, and away from an evil that seeks them. Jacob learns about these power from the residents, but soon he too, is in danger.
As an adaptation of its namesake literary works, the film goes for an interpretation, rather than a direct conversion to film. And here might be one of the first downfalls of a film that falls short in many aspects and areas. The story feels rushed and incomplete to begin with. It is no atrocious, but does beg several questions as one follows the plot to its climax.
From the aspect of viewers, this is certainly not a film for young children. The premise may sound exciting for the younger generation, but there are several scenes of violence, and horror, that will be inappropriate for a younger audience.
The plot is more or less easy enough to follow, should you not pay too much heed to the jargon about time loops. The characters are a tad under developed, with some featuring more than others, and some feeling as if there were just there to create a larger ensemble group, so that they journey of the hero would not be too empty.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is a film that is just okay. Given the cast, and source material, it has sadly missed the mark, and fallen short of a story level it could have attained, should things have been done a bit different.
The film opens 7 October 2016, in South African cinemas.