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Last week, I reviewed three films by the renowned director Terence Davies. Sim took a detour from her walking tour of London to get us to the Tate in time to see the David Hockney exhibit. Tina reviewed the 20th book (of 23 — so far) in the DCI Banks series. Becky reviewed two books: Mandy and The Roar.

I wasn’t at all sure that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was going to work well for us as a movie. Films described as “dark” don’t always work for me — they are too depressing or mean-spirited. And films marketed for young people don’t always work for Rick — he wants more complexity than they sometimes generate.

Fortunately, the delightfully Victorian house in Wales and all if its inhabitants delivered lots of fun. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children contains a complicated plot to defeat deliciously dangerous villains. Besides the coast of Wales, we got an intriguing peek at the city of Blackpool in England.

This movie is definitely weird, but it’s our kind of weird.

I’ve had the book on my shelf for a couple of years. I hate to admit this, as a librarian book blogger, but I fairly frequently watch the movie instead of reading the book. I’m sure the book is better, but there are so many books and so little time. Movies are quicker.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #FilmReview #BriFri — 6 Comments

  1. I wondered about this too as it seemed like it was aimed at teens. I like the sound of the setting though. Our library may have this one by now, I’ll check.
    Also, I know what you mean by watching the movie instead of the book but somethings they change are so wrong. Last night I stayed up and finished the book The Light Across the Ocean. While I had planned on seeing the movie before I don’t think I will now,

  2. Oh Joy! Movies ARE quicker but that’s what I love about certain books, how long you are able to live in them. Others make much better movies than books anyway though! I didn’t read Miss Peregrine but I did watch and enjoy the movie to a degree and the setting was wonderful.
    Did you know that besides my site, one of my websites is Chapter1-Take1 where all I do is post about movies based on books? I hope you’ll stop by and perhaps even follow me there!
    Some of the British films based on books I’m looking forward to in 2017 are ‘Trainspotting 2’ w Ewan McGregor et al, ‘Their Finest’ with Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, Julian Barnes ‘The Sense of an Ending’ w Jim Broadbent & Charlotte Rampling, ‘The Lost City of Z’ w Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson about a Brit explorer who disappears into the Amazon, ‘Arthur- The Legend of the Sword’ again with Charlie Hunnam but also Jude Law, a remake of Daphne DuMaurier’s ‘My Cousin Rachel’ w Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz, a remake of Agatha Christies ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ w Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as Poirot, ‘On Chesil Beach’ from Ian McEwan with Saoirse Ronan, an untitled AA Milne movie starring Domhnall Gleeson & Margot Robbie, a movie based on Agatha Christie’s Crooked House and last for now—but not least—Colin Firth stars in ‘The Mercy’ based on the nonfiction book The Last Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. I update the list as I discover new films based on books coming down the pike. Come visit! Oh! At the top of the list because it’s playing now, A United Kingdom w Rosamund Pike and David Oweloyo. Cheers!

  3. I did read the book – and was a bit disappointed by the ending. I’ve been meaning to see the movie; I may have to see if it’s on-demand.

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