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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016) – My rating: 7/10

missperegrineshomeforpeculiarchildrenMiss 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.

ENDER’S GAME (2013) – My rating: 9.5/10

EndersGameEnder’s Game is so realistic that I came away wondering if such a thing had already happened.  From the casting of a puny looking kid, (played by Asa Butterfield) to a large, menacing  Sergeant (played by Nonso Anozie) I knew this movie was going to be good.  Gavin Hood (Director and Screenplay Writer) didn’t try to make this into a Hollywood spectacular production of bells and whistles, but instead stuck to the likely issues such as kid jealousy, rivalry and adult authority, as if it was really happening.  Even the alien was painted in a better light than usual.  I loved the ending and I loved the acting.  Viola Davis played a compassionate  Major who was not afraid to speak her mind, while Harrison Ford was the no nonsense Colonel who headed up the recruitment program.

The idea in this film was to recruit the genius mind of a child to lead his team against an alien who had attacked Earth some 50 years ago but who still lingered as a threat to our very existence.  Children were used because of their extensive use of video war games and such.  Who better to understand the necessary strategy to win a war.  See this movie for more than the entertainment.  I believe there is a profound message to be had.