Movie Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Movie Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

MissPeregrineCoverMiss Peregrine’s movie is based on a dark fantasy debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs.

Jacob Portman lives a normal life outside of his grandfather’s fabulous tales about Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children. As a teen, he dismisses the stories as fables. Yet, when his grandfather is attacked, he can’t shake the image of a monster lurking in the shadows.

At the advice of his psychologist, he travels to Wales with his dad to visit the home. Even though the kids in his grandfather’s photos are from 1943, he stumbles upon their time loop.

This movie had great premise and even the fragments before the movie started looked promising. However, I think with the PG-13 rating, they tried to make it not so scary for kids. As a result, parts were childish and sometimes humorous or even unbelievable.

Overall though, I did enjoy the movie and storyline. There were also a few twists in the movie and some unanswered questions.

 

My rating 3.9 out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review 10 Cloverfield Lane

Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10_cloverfield_laneA woman wakes up in an underground shelter with two men. One insists there are aliens above them and toxic gas. But he also has weird tics. She thinks he’s lying even when the other guy confirms there is something going on on the surface.

I liked the tension and suspense in this movie and the never quite knowing if John Goodman’s character/ Howard is telling the truth or not.

However, there was one part that irked me. Instead of letting the characters figure out something, the movie says here is an earring and it matches one in this picture. There’s a bit more to it in the movie than here, but I idon’t want to give away too much. However, I think the earring was too much and not needed. I’d have liked the characters to figure out what was going on with everything else.

Besides, what are the chances that the specific earring would match one in a photo?

Other than that, there were a few surprises and twists and turns. Some a bit unbelievable, but overall a decent movie.

My rating 3.8 out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review – HER

 

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Yes, I know this is an older movie, but my husband and I watched it a few nights ago.

Her is a 2013 American movie by Spike Jonze. It marks Jonze’s solo screenwriting debut. The film follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice.1

What I liked about this movie:

  •   The depth of the character change of Theodore. He goes from not being about to admit and discuss his feelings to writing a personal letter to his ex.
  • The acting. Both Joaquin (who is on screen) and Scarlett (who is only a voice) give superb performances.
  • Believable enough characters and story that I couldn’t walk away. I had to know what was going to happen.

What I didn’t like:

  • It is not a happily-ever-after story

Overall, it is a deep-thinking, mournful, heart-felt story.

My rating: 3.9 / 5 stars

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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