Movies with Missy

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Ian Schrauth

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By: Missy Arneson
Copy Editor

 

I love fantasy movies. People turning into birds? Kids with crazy and terrifying powers? A family’s past shrouded in mystery? Sign me up. So when I saw the ads for the newest Tim Burton lm, I had to jump at it.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is centered on the life of Jake Portman, and his discovery of those who are called Peculiars — people with special powers and abilities.Movie

The story unfolds as the camera follows Jake, revealing a lust for immortality, romance and a plot most lethal. He must save Peculiar children from killer beasts while discovering the truth about his family’s past, and his own life.

The lm was enjoyable: the characters were strong and likeable, the camera work was fascinating and the story was intriguing. There were points that could have been better, such as the too-quick pace at the beginning of the movie, but it was overall a good lm.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was somewhat lacking in diversity — Samuel L. Jackson played the only black character, who was the villain. While I’m far more interested in someone’s acting ability than the color of their skin, there are extremely talented actors of a multitude of ethnicities out there that could have made for a great addition to the lm.

Finally, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” asks an interesting question: is it better to live forever young and safe, or to experience the world and grow old with all the risks associated with life? It may seem kind to never experience the pain of change, but is it really living?

Missy says: 3.5/5 stars.

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