Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Sunday, 22 September 2019

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes and violence, some scary scenes.

  • The pitch:

    The bird will explain everything.

  • Starring:

    Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie, Hayden Keeler-Stone, Georgia Pemberton, Milo Parker, Raffiella Chapman

  • Directed by:

    Tim Burton

  • Running time:

    127 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Characters are shot with arrows (crossbow) and bullets (.38), hit by vehicles, grabbed, laughed at, knocked unconscious, hit with objects, impaled, stabbed, splashed with beer, set on fire, thrown through the air, slammed into walls/windows, knocked aside, roped, frozen, trapped beneath ice, near-hit with knives, attacked by birds/bees, punched, stomped on, bitten, turned to stone/shattered, eye-gouged, slashed on face, cleavered, dropped to the ground. Characters slide down a rooftop. Objects smashed, kicked, thrown, shoulder-charged, set on fire, thumped. Explosion. Air raid/bomb dropped on house. A teddy bear is torn in half, an inanimate object is brought to life then killed in a fight. Children wear World War II-style gas masks. Trashed houses, broken glass, swastikas seen, air raid siren heard. Children enter a sideshow haunted house (fluorescent skulls, giant spiders seen). A man watches a TV program of birds attacking carrion. References to "monsters" (ie Nazis) in Poland during World War II. A newspaper article mentions the sinking of a luxury cruise liner. A story is told of a German air raid on a children's home leaving no survivors. A boy asks, "Do you want to know who killed me?" Yelling, screaming, mass panic. Killing people, [being] brutally attacked mentioned. Blood/gore: A man's eyes are plucked out (many others implied). A pile of eyeballs seen; eyeballs are eaten. Jars of organs seen. Organs are inserted into inanimate objects/a boy to bring them to life. Skeleton characters are blown apart (skulls, pelvic bones etc seen flying off). Bloody objects, hand, organs, scratches. Inky blood seen. Welts seen on face. Corpses (adult/children/animal), skeletons, skulls. Injured bird. Characters with empty eye sockets. Smoke rises from people being experimented upon. Stitching (doll). Nightmares, anxiety mentioned.


    Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging. An invisible child is frequently understood to be naked. Two teens undress to 1940s-style underwear. A man says he suspected his late father of infidelity.


    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Pub setting. Prescription pills mentioned.


    Bollocks, crap, what the..? Name-calling. Religious exclamations (God bless him, oh my God, thank God, Heaven knows).


    Adventure, grandfather-grandson relationships, special powers, time travel, fathers, therapy, jealousy, power, factions, experiments, therianthropy (shapeshifting), immortality, birdwatching, Ymbrines, Hollowgasts, Wights, invisibility, resurrection, maps.


    Dead grandfather. Birds, crabs, bees, squirrel, ocean fish. Planes (Messerschmitt), toilet. Characters with glowing white eyes, long tentacles, eyeless faces, large/sharp/scary teeth, super powers, amphibious limbs, empty eye sockets, monkey tail/legs. Roast meat eaten. Spitting (water). A character removes his contact lenses. Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.


    Stylish, mordant, charming, funny, pleasing, singular, admirable, macabre. Outstanding characters, gripping/crowd-pleasing finale, sensational costumes, elaborate/meticulously detailed set design, marvelous effects/CGI, some glorious visuals, lush cinematography, clever jump cut after opening credits, sharp contrast between real and fantastic worlds, good use of metaphor about the horrors of World War II.


    Predictable, clichéd, disappointing, complicated, trite. Straightforward/restrained filmmaking, underused cast/characters, stuffy/dreary/dull in parts, excessive exposition, senseless final battle, off-kilter accents, the only non-white actor plays the villain.

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