Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Fantasy adventure directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) follows Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield), who after discovering clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Franklin Portman: [referring to the bird flying above the boat] Oh, wow! Jake! Check it out. That’s a peregrine falcon.
Jake: Peregrine, like the Headmistress?
Franklin Portman: Sure. Hey, that’s probably where grandpa came with the tale of turning into a bird thing.
Jake: Maybe. Maybe that’s really her.
Jake: [shouts at the bird] Hey, Ms. Peregrine. Its me Jake I am Abe Portman’s grandson. Please don’t crap on us.
Jake: [as Franklin gives him a horrified look] Oh. God, Dad I’m kidding.
Miss Peregrine: [Emma takes Jake to meet Miss Peregrine] Right on time. Miss Peregrine, delighted to meet you.
Jake: Before he died he told me to find you. There was something he wanted me to know. He said you could explain everything.
Miss Peregrine: That’s absolutely true, but there are few things I can’t explain. We are in common parlance as peculiar.
Miss Peregrine: [takes out her watch and holds it up] Fifty-one seconds late, Fiona.
Fiona Fraunfeld: Sorry, Miss Peregrine. How many carrots do you need for supper?
Miss Peregrine: Just one will do.
Miss Peregrine: As I was saying some people are peculiar. Its a recessive gene carried down through families. Yet, many generations can pass without a peculiar child being born. And alas, peculiars have been persecuted through the ages. Hence, we live in places like this.
Jake: In Wales?
Miss Peregrine: Anywhere will do if you pick the right day.
Miss Peregrine: [as Fiona is using her power to make a carrot grow into a massive size] That’s fine now, Fiona. You see. I am a type of peculiar called an Ymbryne. That means I can…
Jake: You can turn into a bird.
Miss Peregrine: Well, I do, yes, but that’s not very useful. An Ymbryne’s main skill is the manipulation of time. We chose a safe place, a safe day and create a loop.
Jake: What do you mean?
Miss Peregrine: A loop is the last twenty-four hours, rest the loop and the day is yours to live in again. Reset it daily, and you can stay there forever, entirely safe from the outside world. Right on time, Bronwyn, good girl. And that’s why we Ymbrynes are charged with the care of the young.
Jake: And no one ever gets older?
Miss Peregrine: It’s best for everyone this way, I assure you. Each Ymbryne commits herself to the creation and upkeep of a place like this. A Home for Peculiar Children.
Miss Perigrine: You’ve met the twins. This is Claire.
Hugh Apiston: [they see Millard and Hugh playing football] Millar, pass the ball!
Miss Perigrine: Millard you’ve met.
Hugh Apiston: [to Millard] Come on!
Miss Perigrine: And that’s Hugh.
Millard Nullings: [Hugh releases a swarm of bees from his mouth towards Millard] Stop cheating, Hugh!
Hugh Apiston: Millard, thats a foul, again!
Millard Nullings: No, it wasn’t!
Miss Perigrine: If you two cant play without squabbling, wish you wouldn’t play at all.
Emma Bloom: Would you help me with something. Enoch usually does it but, like I said, he is sulking somewhere.
Jake: Is that because of me?
Emma Bloom: He is possessive.
Jake: What do you need help with?
Emma Bloom: One of my daily chores. Put the baby squirrel back in the tree.
Jake: What baby squirrel?
Jake: [Emma holds out her hand to catch the falling baby squirrel] That happens every day?
Emma Bloom: Like clockwork. Now, would you mind tying that rope around my waist?
Emma Bloom: [Jacob ties the rope around her waist] Right. Promise to hold on tight?
[Emma releases the buckles on her shoes, she floats up into the air and places the squirrel back in the tree]
Miss Peregrine: [as they are all sat at the dinner table] Claire, why aren’t you eating?
Millard: She’s embarrassed in front of Jake.
Jake: Don’t be, please.
[Claire takes the piece of chicken, puts it her behind her where we see a large mouth on the back of her head bite into the chicken]
Emma Bloom: [to Jacob, in the middle of the ocean] Then come on. There’s somewhere I go to be alone. I have things there.
[she dives into the water]
Jake: Is this the place?
Emma Bloom: No. This is how we get there. Emma! Your shoes! Lead shoes!
Emma Bloom: [takes Jacob into an old sunken ship underwater and sucks out all the water] Welcome to my secret hideout.
Jake: How? How did you…
Emma Bloom: Air. My peculiarity. It does what I want.
Emma Bloom: Jake. Before your grandfather retired, he asked me to keep this safe.
Jake: This is my grandpa’s old map. It shows you where the loops are. That’s him, that’s the man I saw. Who is he?
Emma Bloom: That’s Barron. He is the Leader.
Jake: Leader of what? Who are these people?
Emma Bloom: Bad people. Bad peculiars. Abe dedicated his life to hunting them down. These are the ones he never found.
Jake: What do you mean “hunting”?
Emma Bloom: They raided homes. Whole homes full of children left for dead.
Jake: Abe took lives…
Emma Bloom: To save life’s. He only retired when you were born to protect you.
Jake: From what?
Emma Bloom: If I tell you the rest, you have to promise not to run away.
Emma Bloom: Jake, you belong here.
Jake: You know that I don’t. I’m not like you, I’m just ordinary.
Emma Bloom: No, but you’re not. Jake, only a peculiar can enter a time loop.
Jake: No, that can’t be right. I mean, I would know.
Emma Bloom: Fine. Then I’ll show you something else.
Miss Peregrine: We call them “Hollowgasts”. Hollows. For short.
Jake: My grandpa told me about people, who turn into monsters. Is that what they are?
Miss Peregrine: I will explain everything, Jake. I fear its my duty now considering, but you should know that in doing so I’m breaking a solemn promise. I knew you were peculiar when you were born but your grandfather forbid me to tell you anything His dearest wish was for you to have an ordinary childhood.
Jake: Well I definitely had that.
Miss Peregrine: He intended to tell you the truth when you turned eighteen. He hoped his bed-time stories would pave the way.
Jake: Once this loop closes, that’s it! I can’t get back to my own time.
Emma Bloom: You didn’t seem very happy there.
Jake: I can’t just leave! I have a family.
Emma Bloom: And you felt ordinary, like nothing you do changes anything. And, now you have a chance to do something that changes everything. Jake, were in danger and you’re the only one who can see the Hollows.
Jake: Yeah, I see them sure but, I’m not my grandpa. I’m not and I can’t fight. I can’t kill somebody. There’s only one reason that I’d stay here.
Miss Peregrine: Promise me one thing, Jake. That you will look after them all.
Jake: I promise.
Miss Avocet: Now, children, your primary job is to stay safe. Leave the Hollow to me, I don’t want to see any heroics. Now did you…
Jake: [suddenly Miss Avocet is grabbed and taken through the walls by an invisible force] Get to the attic! Get out! Get out!
Jake: [as they all go up to the attic] It’s almost reset. Fiona, is there anything you can do with that tree?
Jake: Let’s go, quickly!
Barron: [Jake shoots an arrow that misses Barron] Jake, when are you going to realize you are a terrible shot with that thing?
Emma Bloom: [uses her air power to blow Barron backwards] I’ll hold him off as long as I can.
Jake: Get the others. I’ll meet you at the loop entrance.
Barron: [to Emma] Eventually you’re going to run out of breath, and it’ll all be over! Death for your believe Jake and Miss Peregrine, everlasting life for me.
Emma Bloom: We don’t need you to make us feel safe, Jake. Because you made us feel brave. And that’s even better.