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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Being different doesn't make you a misfit -- just unique and gifted in your own way. Also, relationships between young people and their elderly relatives can be beautiful and character shaping. Themes include courage, curiosity, and integrity.
Positive Role Models
Jake is loyal to his grandfather and has a heart big enough -- and a mind open enough -- to be able to believe in things he can't quite explain. His grandfather is caring and conscientious and fosters curiosity and imagination in his grandson. Characters are brave and demonstrate integrity.
Violence & Scariness
Very creepy tone throughout; many scenes have a sense of menace and foreboding. Opening sequence is quite scary, with a deadly attack and a boy fleeing through the woods. The main character loses a family member. The battle scenes between the Peculiars and the Hollows (who subsist on eating Peculiars and other beings) are pretty brutal, if light on blood. They use explosives, arrows, and anything lying around to fight each other. In one scene, characters eat eyeballs. A dead, bloodied man is shown lying on the ground, seemingly having been attacked by an otherworldly being. Talk of a dead child, his body lying in a room; like others who die in the movie, his eyes are hollowed out. One scene briefly suggests that a Peculiar may have been killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance between two of the Peculiars. Flirting and hand-holding.
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Infrequent use of swearing, including "crap," "goddamn," "hell," and "bollocks."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in a pub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that director Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based on the first book in Ransom Riggs' spine-tingling, best-selling gothic trilogy. It definitely shares some of the book's complex content and themes, including death and the yearning to belong. That, plus the movie's overwhelming feeling of creepiness, make it too intense for younger kids. There are also battle scenes with weapons (explosives, arrows, and more), mayhem, and death. It's not especially gory, but the tone is pretty dark. There's talk of a dead child, and a key character is shown on the ground, bloodied and dead. The main character loses a family member. The evil characters are very menacing: They eat other creatures to survive, and characters are shown eating eyeballs. But running underneath the creepy stuff is the message that being different doesn't make you a misfit -- just unique and gifted in your own way. And characters demonstrate courage, curiosity, and integrity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though it starts out unevenly, this fantasy soon finds its footing, taking viewers on a fascinating ride. Director Tim Burton doesn't pull any punches on the creep factor in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He layers the visual storytelling with darkness and sadness. Those who aren't familiar with the Ransom Riggs book the movie is based on may not be aware of the ways the film is different, but Burton's version still has plenty for the book's fans to applaud.
One of the gifts of a director like Burton is that he has the vision and imagination needed to create a world that only existed in writing before. In Miss Peregrine, Burton flexes his considerable muscles by building that world and plunging audiences right into the heart of it. As Jake, Butterfield does a great job portraying the earnestness, bravado, and confusion of a teenage boy. And the rest of the cast is also pretty strong, especially Samuel L. Jackson.
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