(This review may contain spoilers).
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, it made me think of X-Men for children. But I was intrigued by the plot and knew I wanted to see it from the start.
I found Luke a character who was easy to relate to. I liked seeing his relationship with his grandfather and it was interesting to see the actor who played his father in a different, more serious role.
I particularly liked being able to see the different abilities (or peculiarities) the children had, though I would have liked some detail about why they had the particular abilities they did.
I did find Miss. Peregrine an intriguing character, but there were times I felt she came across as a bit fake. I also thought that the whole idea behind the children living in a time loop was a strange one, as it seemed they were kept in a perpetual childhood and it would mean there needed to be a lot more of Miss. Peregrine’s kind, considering the peculiar children would probably keep being born.
While the romances weren’t really irritating to watch, I didn’t really feel like they added a lot to the storyline. I would have liked to see more of a bond grow between Luke and the other children he met… especially since Enoch in particular had a lot of depth to him.
I didn’t really like Luke’s mother that much. I had the feeling she didn’t care about her husband or her son… but to be honest, Luke didn’t seem close to either of his parents.
The Hollows were really creepy, though I found it interesting to learn about their origins and would have liked to see a bit more depth to them.
There was quite a lot of tension in this movie and I found myself on the edge of my seat for quite a bit of it. I felt that a lot of the characters showed strength and although there were some moments of humour, I felt those added to the storyline, rather than drawing away from the serious aspects.
This was definitely a movie I enjoyed watching and I would be interested in watching it again in the future.