The name is Jacob “Jake” Portman (Asa Butterfield). It is said, since childhood, Jake was often told by his grandfather, Abraham “Abe” Portman (Terence Stamp), about Miss Peregrine’s house. Which, it is said, is inhabited by children with special abilities.
The grandfather claimed to have lived in Miss Peregrine’s house before World War II ended. However, when Jake was in his teens, his grandfather suddenly died. Mysteriously. Besides that, which also made Jake curious, before, the old man often dreamed and talked about monsters and Miss Peregrine’s house. In addition, he also left a will: The grandfather asked Jake to go look for the house.
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As a dutiful grandson, Jake also fulfills his grandfather’s last wish. Ababil 16 years go to the house of Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). Located on Cairnholm Island, Wales. And, when he got there, Jake found out that there really were peculiar children. As his grandfather once told him.
The eldest child who lives in Miss Peregrine’s mysterious house is named Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell). Although his nature is a little annoying, he has the ability to control the air. And create water bubbles. Which can make it float in the sky.
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In this film version, Emma’s abilities are slightly different from the novel version. Or, to be more precise, in exchange for the power of Olive Elephanta (Lauren McCrostie). The one with the pyrokinesis ability. aka controlling fire. When he was 10 years old, Olive once burned his own bed. In fact, at that time, he was fast asleep.
Apart from the two girls, there were still many strange boys at Miss Peregrine’s house. Like Hugh Apiston (Milo Parker). Who is able to control the bees that live in their stomachs (yes, bees). Dan Millard Nullings (Cameron King). The Invisible Boy. Invisible and very clever.
Meanwhile, the Jacob himself, it turns out, also has a privilege. What he only realized when he arrived at Miss Peregrine’s house. Abraham’s grandson, it turns out, is able to feel hollowness. aka evil aura. The ones emitted by the monsters. Which, all this time, targets children with super abilities.
Jake was, in the end, forced to help Miss Peregrine to protect the peculiar children. Especially, from the threat of the evil monsters. Led by Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson). In addition, Jake is also still curious: He wants to unravel the mystery surrounding his grandfather’s death.
Btw, although there are some parts of the story that have been changed, and the addition of several new villains, in general, the story of the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not much different from the novel. So far, Tim Burton has been known to do some experiments to make his film adaptations more interesting.
For the shooting location of this film, Tim Burton used three different locations. The first is in Florida, United States. Which is where the opening scene. Then, the second, in Portland, England. Which became the location for the fictional coast of Wales. Which is only inhabited by 40 people. Meanwhile, for the setting of Miss Peregrine’s house, the production team took place at Torenhof Castle. In Brasschaat, Belgium.