Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children started as a novel by Ransom Riggs, which, sadly, I have never read. It’s now certainly on my to-do list, though, after seeing this trailer.
Going solely off of the trailer, this movie looks like a cross between the X-Men and some sort of gothic fairy tale, and I am one hundred percent here for that. Futurefan reviewed this book back in 2013 and really liked it. According to her review, the basics of the plot are:
Ransom Riggs’ New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob Portman, who is not a happy teenager. He has no real friends, school is a bore, his parents are barely parents at all, and his future is both well-planned and depressing. The only interesting part of Jacob’s life is his grandfather, Abe Portman. Abe is a Polish Jew who fought in the later years of WWII. He speaks three languages, knows his way around more than a few weapons, and can tell a tall tale better than anyone.
His tales are mostly about the orphanage on an island in Wales where he was sent as a war refugee. He also keeps a cigar box full of whimsical photographs; one has an invisible boy, another has girl floating, another has a skinny teenager lifting a boulder over his head, and there are many others equally as strange. However, not everything is as sunny as it seems—after a horrific incident Jacob is forced to face his worst fears. Using the clues that his grandfather gave him in his tales and photos, Jacob must find out what made Abe run and who or what he was running from. Grandpa Abe has a secret, and Jacob is determined to find out the truth. However, the truth may be just a bit… peculiar.
Based on the trailer it seems like the movie will be following the book at least fairly closely. And despite Jacob being the main character, there are several main female characters who will be featured prominently. Emma and Miss Peregrine are the two female characters who look like they will have the most influence over the plot, and though both are supporting characters, they seem significantly more powerful than Jacob, so it will be interesting to see how their storylines play out.
There’s at least one person of color in the movie—a man called Barron who is played by Samuel L. Jackson—so you know that performance at the very least will be amazing. But I am also a little apprehensive. Barron was shown in the trailer as if he was some sort of villain, which would mean that the only person of color in the movie is evil. A more diverse cast would have fixed this problem, but sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The only other thing that really makes me nervous about this film is the fact that Tim Burton is directing. On the one hand, a gothic fairy tale like this seems right up Tim Burton’s alley, but on the other hand, I feel like Tim Burton hasn’t put out a good movie in a while. There is some hope, however—Johnny Depp doesn’t appear to be cast in the film! But in all seriousness, I feel like many of Burton’s recent movies have suffered from not really having a plot. Burton spends so much time making the aesthetic both gorgeous and creepy that he doesn’t give us enough time to explore the actual plot. This is most notable in his rendition of Alice in Wonderland, and I still haven’t forgiven him for ruining my favorite Disney character. But hopefully, since it seems to follow the plot of the book, this movie will actually be good and not just allow Burton to go on some wild joyride.
Overall, the trailer is intriguing and it is certainly a movie that I would enjoy seeing, though I will probably attempt to pick up the book first. The movie will be in theaters on September 30th. Are you excited for the movie? Are you planning on going to see it? Let me know in the comments!