‘Miss Peregrine’s’ filled with spectacular roles

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent 

Lily Pope / Times-News correspondent

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was originally a novel written by Ransom Riggs and is now a movie directed by Tim Burton. It is the first installment of a trilogy, along with two other New York Times best-selling books, “Hollow City” and “Library of Souls.”
The movie has an extremely dark plot and is definitely geared toward kids 12 years and older, with large amounts of gore, frightening characters and dark themes. “Miss Peregrine’s Home” tells the story of 15-year-old Jake, a privileged teenager living in the suburbs of Florida. When the shocking death of his beloved but disturbed grandfather stirs Jake’s curiosity about his grandfather’s mysterious past, it inspires him to take a trip to a small island off of Wales, where it is said that the children’s home his grandfather attended was located.
Jake and the children, and Miss Peregrine, are united. But the peculiars are in danger. Hollows threaten the children’s lives and Jake is the only one with the power to save them.
The movie was much faster-paced than the book and strayed from the original story line. It was odd that some of the characters were older than the book stated, with as much as a 10-year age difference. This movie had many spectacular roles, but the best by far was played by Samuel L. Jackson — he had a role that you hated, but also made you laugh.
In a book vs. movie lineup, both are a win, and both are stories you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Lily Pope is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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