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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Fabulously bizarre, Tim Burton has once again created a motion picture that leaves you wondering, what have I just watched? Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, it features an eccentric plot, mind-blowing visuals and wonderful acting. This is however advertised as a 'family' film, but I would certainly not advise younger children to watch it as it includes a number of scenes that frightened me. The monsters in the film for example, are something out of a nightmare.

I know I am a bit late to the game about this film, as it did come out last year but I have only just seen it - watching it on the plane to Orlando. It's hard to explain the plot, due to the fact that it is so complex, but to put it simply it is about a young boy called Jake (Asa Butterfield) who by the help of his grandfather, uncovers clues to a wonderfully peculiar mystery which spans contrasting worlds and time periods. Through travelling back in time, he discovers an orphanage, hidden by a magical protection spell, known as Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Each of the children that reside there have a special power or a certain uniqueness that makes them stand out. As the film continues, we are introduced to the monsters who are trying to destroy the home and a series of bizarre events which help to create a motion picture which like the children in the orphanage, stands apart from anything I have ever seen. 

Wow that was hard to write without including any spoilers! Plus, the film in general is just ridiculously hard to explain. It does however, also have a fabulous cast; from Samuel L. Jackson, to Eva Green to Judi Dench and Rupert Everett on top of its remarkable plot. I'm not sure if it is a film that I would watch over and over again, but it did entertain me. The other thing is that it is quite a long film, with a duration of 2 hours and 7 minutes, with parts that seem to drag.

Overall though I'm glad I watched this, as I am a fan of Tim Burton's quirky style. I would recommend this adventure/drama/a touch of horror hybrid, but it is undeniably not an easy watch.

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— AW