Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
Filming began in February 2015 in London and the Tampa Bay Area. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 25, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on September 30, 2016 by 20th Century Fox. It has grossed over $280 million worldwide, against a production budget of $110 million.
For years Abe Portman (Terence Stamp) told stories to his grandson Jake (Asa Butterfield) about his childhood battling monsters and spending World War II living at “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” at Cairnholm, Wales. The home’s children and their headmistress, Miss Alma Peregrine (Eva Green), possess paranormal abilities and are known as “Peculiars”. After 16-year-old Jake receives a phone call from his grandfather, he goes to his house with his drugstore supervisor Shelly (O-Lan Jones) and finds him dying mysteriously. With his eyes missing, Abe tells Jake to go to “September 3, 1943”, before he dies.
Convinced by his psychiatrist, Dr. Golan (Allison Janney) and from a letter by Miss Peregrine to Abe, Jake and his father Frank (Chris O’Dowd) travel to Cairnholm, where Jake finds that the children’s home was destroyed during a Luftwaffe raid on “September 3, 1943”. At the house, some of the Peculiar children come out to greet him, startling Jake. They take him through a cave and he finds himself in 1943, when their house is still intact. Miss Peregrine greets him and explains that she belongs to a class of female Peculiars named “Ymbrynes”, who can transform into birds (in Miss Peregrine’s case, a peregrine falcon) and manipulate time. To avoid persecution for being Peculiars, she and her children hide from the outside world in a time loop she created, set to September 3, 1943, meaning that they all live the same day over and over again and avoid aging.
Jake is introduced to the rest of the children, including aerokinetic Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), whom he is attracted to (like she was to his grandfather before). He also learns about “Hollowgasts” (or “Hollows”) – monsters that are invisible to everyone. However, Jake learns he himself is a Peculiar; like his grandfather, he has the ability to see the Hollows. Hollows are Peculiars who were transformed by a failed experiment by using an Ymbryne’s powers (which was killed in the process) to become immortals. Led by shapeshifter Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), they hunt Peculiars to consume their eyeballs. When enough eyeballs are consumed, the Hollows transform into milky-white eyed visible Peculiars known as “Wights”.
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