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.