Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children “Miss P” was different than I expected but still good. Alertness is the key to this movie because if you miss anything, you’ll be lost. The mystery starts when a young teenage boy named Jacob “Jake” Portman, (Asa Butterfield) who is deeply in awe of his grandfather, Abraham “Abe” Portman (Terence Stamp) receives a frantic phone call and rushes to his grandfather’s house along with his co-worker, Shelly (O-Lan Jones). They find the house trashed and Jake’s grandfather dying in the woods. Still hanging on to life, Abe frantically tells his grandson to find “the bird, the loop and September 3, 1943”. At that moment, Jake sees a gigantic, tentacled humanoid monster, which resembles the ones described by his grandfather, creeping up behind Shelly. After warning his co-worker, she shoots her pistol into thin air and the adventure begins. Abe spent many years telling Jake about his childhood battling gruesome monsters and spending part of World War II living at “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, located off the coast of Wales. The adolescent residents of the home, along with their headmistress, Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green), possess unique abilities and are known as “Peculiars”. Jake is also told by his grandfather that he is special and should seek out “Miss P’s” home. What happens after this initial introduction to “Miss P”, takes you on a journey of special effects, crazy characters, and answers to all the questions this mystery creates. Jake, who is not very popular, gets to meet a host of eclectic children who give him a new meaning in life.
I found the story a little complicated but still entertaining. You might want to wait for DVD, that way you can pause, rewind and replay questionable parts of the movie as many times as necessary. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in my opinion, is more suited for a younger teenage group vs an older, mature group.
Posted in DVD MOVIE REVIEWS
Tagged abe, abraham portman, asa butterfield, eva green, jacob, jake portman, miss alma lefay peregrine, miss peregrine's home for peculiar children, o-lan jones, shelly, terence stamp
I really like this new series. I’ve watched 2 episodes so far and I find myself quite intrigued. The series opens with an explanation as to the condition of Dr. Henry Morgan played by Ioan Gruffudd. 200 years ago, Dr. Morgan was employed on an African slave trade ship where he was asked to execute a black man for being sick. Since the man was not really sick, he refused to execute him. The captain of the ship raised his sword to execute Dr. Morgan but something unexplainable happened and Dr. Morgan woke up in a near by river with no clothes on, alive and well. Unbeknownst to him, at that time, he would never die. In the meanwhile he meets a beautiful woman named Abigail, played by Mackenzie Mauzy, whom he wedded and told his secret to. It was during world war II when they found an orphaned baby in a German camp and raised him as their own. At present Dr. Morgan is still 35 years old and his wife Abigail has passed. It hasn’t been revealed how and why she died, but their child Abe, played by Judd Hirsch is now in his 60s and retrieves Dr. Morgan from the river every time he dies. Currently, Dr. Morgan is a NY Chief Medical Examiner and is sharper than anyone he works with. He has befriended a female detective named Jo Martinez, played by Alana De La Garza who he now helps with solving her police cases. She doesn’t know his secret but is impressed by his keen observation skills. Someone named Adam is claiming to be in the same dilemma as Dr. Morgan, but instead of 200 years, Adam is claiming 2,000 years and is calling Henry constantly with tidbits about his life. There’s a lot to this plot — I hope Forever sticks around for a while, as I find it very entertaining and quite the thrill ride. Forever airs on ABC.
[Despite fan and cast protest, FOREVER has been cancelled. I am truly sorry to see this series go.]
Posted in Dramas, LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES, RIP TV SERIES, SciFi/Fantasy, Thriller/Mystery
Tagged 35 years old, abe, abigail, adam, alana de la garza, chief medical examiner, dr henry morgan, forever, german camp, ioan gruffudd, jo martinez, judd hirsch, mackenzie maurzy