What do you do when your favorite director makes a movie based on a book that you didn’t like? For me, the love of the director outweighed my dislike for the book, so I found myself in the theater watching the movie adaption of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It has only happened one other time that I can remember, but I have to say I liked the movie better than the book, though not by much. The book didn’t grab my attention the way I expected and I never got to that hold-your-breath-on-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling I had anticipated. I had a hard time following the storyline and had to keep going back to reread sections to make sense of what was happening. This was probably because of the time travel element. I never understand time traveling.
I was looking forward to the movie because I thought with Tim Burton at the helm I will finally get the creepy, twisted thrills I was looking for. There definitely were scenes that screamed Tim Burton, such as the puppets Enoch brought to life, the moment Jake meets Victor, and the skeleton army but, sadly, it lacked the dark, surreal mystique that’s characteristic of his films. Having the story visualized brought clarity to the plot and the peculiarities of the children and Miss Peregrine, though I never felt a connection with the characters or invested in their plight. That might have changed and been more exciting and entertaining if it included more of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Barron, but then it would have strayed too much from the book.
Have you read the book and seen the movie? What did you think?