Fabled classics turned dark and gothic – this is what Tim Burton is best known for. Judging by the first trailer for his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be no different. The movie will be based on a book by Ransom Riggs, and the fans are already commenting on how the director’s unique vision may change things.
What is it about?
As you might have already guessed, the story is set in an orphanage, and not a usual one at that. The children who live in this house all have special gifts, and the caretaker isn’t average as well.
“Miss Peregrine is a strange Mary Poppins character – a mysteriously willful and strong person who looks like she can turn into a bird. That’s Eva,” Burton says, as he describes the character of Eva Green. Those new to the story will notice that this is a world populated by strong and willful women. Aside from the character of Miss Peregrine, Judi Dench plays Miss Avocet, the headmistress of a different institution.
Mr. Burton confesses to feeling apprehensive about working with so many children, but also claims that it was delightful to have them on set. He goes on to say that all of them were far more professional than he thought possible, especially since some were involved in filming for the first time.
The trailer takes us from the reality’s dullness into a secret, magical world of Miss Peregrine’s school. You get a taste of the wonders offered in this whole new world, such as Millard’s invisibility (Cameron King), Bronwyn’s strength (Pixie Davies), Fiona’s plant growing (Georgia Pemberton), and Claire’s extra mouth (Raffiella Chapman).
The film and the book
Yet this is where the Riggs’ loyalists diverge from Burton’s diehard fans. The most prominent distinction between the film and the book comes with a switching of powers, or peculiarities, between Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell) and Olive (Lauren McCrostie). In Tim Burton’s adaptation, Olive is the fire starter, and Emma is the floater. This altered things for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and upset numerous fans, but the book’s author is not nearly as disappointed with the filmmaker as the book readers are.
“Guys, I just watched the Miss Peregrine movie. It’s absolutely extraordinary. My head is spinning. I can’t wait for you all to see it,” tweets Ransom Riggs to his followers. He then followed up that high praise with a remark, addressing fans’ concerns. “There are changes from the book, but every change makes the movie better while still honoring the book’s heart. It works beautifully.”
If the author is accepting of Burton’s adaptation and embraces the changes, would it be that hard for the fans to love the movie as well? While Burton’s take on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children isn’t an exact copy of the literary piece, as we so often see with his works, it could be a beautiful creation unto its own.
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