New Tim Burton movie’s success make competition Peregrine with envy


The characters of Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, including Fiona Fruanfeld, Horace Somnusson, and Claire Densmore, as they match a movie in the home.

Chelsea Mishan, Contributing Writer

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton, debuted on Sept. 30 to millions of waiting fans around the world.  Ransom Riggs’ novel is a story about a boy named Jake Portman, played by Asa Butterfield, who is given clues by his grandfather to a mystery that spans different worlds and times.

He finds a magical place in Wales known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children.

As he gets to know the residents of the home and understand their ‘peculiarities’, or special abilities, he also learns of their enemies.

Jake discovers that he also has a special ability and it is only his peculiarity that can save his newfound friends.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish.  It was very captivating and very well done!” said sophomore Kailey Gallagher.

Miss Peregrine, played by Eva Green, is the head of the home.  She cares for each of the children living there, including Emma, Enoch, and Olive, played by Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, and Lauren McCrostie, respectively.

The characters have their own special ability, varying from floating to creating fire.

“I thought the movie was very entertaining and had a very good plot line, but the ending was anticlimactic and not what I expected,” said senior Cally Kress.

Tim Burton’s movie was very similar to Ransom Riggs’ novel, as most expected it to be, but there were a few differences.

“After having read the book and seen the movie, I can say that both of them are interesting and entertaining as separate stories.

I felt that while Tim Burton is an amazing director and the special effects were grand and believable, he took too many entitlements with the plot.  So I’d recommend seeing the movie, but only if you don’t compare it too heavily to the novel,” said junior Isabelle Verdino.

One of the differences between the movie and the novel was the mix in characters.   In Riggs’ novel, Emma, one of the main characters, was meant to have the peculiarity of pyrokinesis, while in the movie, she would have the peculiarity to float, which is Olive’s peculiarity in the book.

Along with this difference, Tim Burton managed to combine Riggs’ trilogy into one movie, and he fit action from all three books into two hours.

“Although there were some differences between the book and the movie, they were both fantastic.  Ransom Riggs created a spooky dystopian world where children would have distinct abilities, and Tim Burton brought it to the screen, and to life,” said junior Cameron Helman.

The movie, which was anticipated around the world, turned out to be a huge success.  From paper to the big screen, Tim Burton brings the dystopian world to life and lets the audience experience the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.