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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [2016] (2 discs)

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Director:Tim Burton
Writer:Jane Goldman
Composer:Matthew Margeson
Michael Higham
Length:127 minutes
(2 hours 7 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:63%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Action
  • CG
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.


Reaction: Charming, inventive, and visually refreshing. Good movie.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Tim Burton => Director / Passenger on an attraction (uncredited)
Jane Goldman => Writer
Matthew Margeson => Composer
Michael Higham => Composer
Ransom Riggs => Novel
Aiden Flowers => 10 Year Old Jacob
Allison Janney => Dr. Golan
Asa Butterfield => Jake
Cameron King => Millard Nullings
Chris O'Dowd => Franklin Portman
Ella Purnell => Emma Bloom
Eva Green => Miss Peregrine
Finlay MacMillan => Enoch O'Conner
Georgia Pemberton => Fiona Fruanfeld
Hayden Keeler-Stone => Horace Somnusson
Joseph Odwell => Masked Ballerina #1
Judi Dench => Miss Avocet
Kim Dickens => Jake's Mom
Lauren McCrostie => Olive Abroholos Elephanta
Louis Davison => Victor Bruntley
Milo Parker => Hugh Apiston
Nicholas Oteri => 6 Year Old Jacob
O-Lan Jones => Shelley
Pixie Davies => Bronwyn Bruntley
Raffiella Chapman => Claire Densmore
Rupert Everett => Ornithologist
Samuel L. Jackson => Barron
Terence Stamp => Abraham 'Abe' Portman
Thomas Odwell => Masked Ballerina #2

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Samuel L. Jackson's character doesn't feature in the novel on which the film is based. In the film, the antagonist has the "peculiarity" of being able to change appearance, taking the form of Jackson, as well as Allison Janney's psychiatrist Dr. Golan and Rupert Everett's ornithologist. In the novel, the antagonist has no such ability, reveals himself to have been the male Dr. Golan the whole time, and is referred to by Jake as "Dr. Golan" even after this reveal.
  • As Jacob is searching for loops back in time, the first one is a Circle K in California. In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the title characters begin their travels through time at a Circle K in California.
  • This is the second collaboration between Ella Purnell and Samuel L. Jackson after The Legend of Tarzan.
  • Tim Burton trademark: The two dolls that Enoch created are filmed with stop motion, something used in almost all of Tim Burton's films.
  • The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Judi Dench; and two Oscar nominees: Terence Stamp and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • The first film since Big Eyes where Burton didn't use Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, in addition to the above not using Danny Elfman. Elfman was unable to score this film due to scheduling conflicts with Alice Through the Looking Glass. This makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children the third Tim Burton film not scored by Danny Elfman. The first being Ed Wood and the second being Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • Eva Green was very fond of the pipe, citing it as a beautiful prop combining feminine and masculine aspects of Miss Peregrine's character. Eva since kept the pipe from the movie in her London home.
  • This is the third time that Tim Burton and O-Lan Jones worked together. The first time was Edward Scissorhands and the second was Mars Attacks!. It's also the second collaboration between Eva Green and Judi Dench. They previously co-starred in Casino Royale, released ten years previously.
  • Judi Dench portrays Miss Avocet, in her first collaboration with Tim Burton. Burton said of her character: "In the peculiar world, women are the protectors. Miss Avocet is the head of another peculiar school. But, much like the bird in her name, she's a bit more of a nervous, flighty energy than Miss Peregrine".
  • Tim Burton described Miss Peregrine as "a scary Mary Poppins". She also has the ability to turn into a bird.
  • This marks the second collaboration between actress Eva Green and director Tim Burton, the first being Dark Shadows. Long before their first collaboration, Green stated that Burton was one of the directors she dreamed of working with.
  • Ransom Riggs' novel was partly inspired by otherworldly vintage photographs, one of them being a cover shot of a levitating girl. The author collected these at flea markets, included them in the book and later showed them all to director Tim Burton before filming began.
  • Tim Burton aimed to use as few digital effects as possible; "It was nice to shoot on location, to be connected to a place and geography while having people actually floating, as opposed to doing it all digitally".
  • In the books, Olive is one of the youngest girls and has the ability to float, the inhumanly strong Bronwyn is of an age with Jake and Emma, and Emma has the ability to control fire. In the film, the ages of Olive and Bronwyn and the abilities of Olive and Emma are switched, with Emma also gaining the ability to control air.