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Movie Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Some of the cast members of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Some of the cast members of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

You Don't have to be Strange to Enjoy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) just doesn't know whom to believe. His grandfather Abraham (Terrance Stamp) tells him colorful tales of living in an orphanage for "peculiar children" in Wales in early 1940s. Jacob's father (Chris O'Dowd) dismisses his father, Abraham's memories as nothing more than fantasies. When Abraham dies, Jacob's parents take him to a psychiatrist to help resolve issues surrounding images he claims to have seen after his grandfather's death. The doctor recommends that Jacob and his father go to Wales and visit the orphanage where his grandfather claims to have grown up, as a part of his healing process.

Once in Wales, Jacob goes on an adventure that corroborates the assertions his grandfather made.

Miss Peregrine is a thoroughly entertaining movie based on the bestselling children's book. And it's a See It! It's different, creative, with strong characters, an exceptional cast and an intriguing storyline. I definitely preferred it to all of the films in the Harry Potter series. However, this is probably not a film for anyone under 10.

Directed by Tim Burton, this a perfect script for his peculiar filmmaking style.

Miss Peregrine gets an "A" for cast diversity. Considering the fact it's set in rural Great Britain in the 1940s, having a Samuel L. Jackson in the starring of role of Barron, is admirable. This movie very easily could have had an all-white cast.

It's rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril) and is two hours and seven minutes in length. You should See It!