Saturday, October 1, 2016


(** Spoilers! I will be talking about Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children!! So don’t read on if you plan on seeing the movie and hate spoilers.)

 I went to the movies alone today. I pretty much always go alone because my husband just can’t handle most of the movies that I want to see. This is just fine with me. I don’t have to worry if he’s going to like it. He will go see the superhero movies, so at least there’s that.

 Today, I saw Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. I am a huge fan of Tim Burton and he didn’t disappoint! I found the story thoroughly enjoyable and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I must say the horrible long-legged, long-armed characters were quite terrifying. And if you are squeamish about eyeballs, well, good luck. This movie just took it to a whole new level.

One of my favorite scenes was the fighting skeletons. Who doesn’t love a good fighting dead sea-goer? It harkened me back to the 1989 classic, Sinbad of the Seven Seas. I remember this airing each year and my brother and I being so excited to see it. Okay, maybe not as excited as V, the best summer movie- EVER, but still a close second. Oh… unless you count Watership Downs, but we’ll not talk about that sad bunny movie.

Back to Sinbad… In a single photo (see below), they look pretty similar, but how far animation has come! Peregrine’s fighters barely missed a beat, unless you count the poor fellow that lost his head on a midway game. But I do remember as a little girl the creepy sensation of watching the Legion of Darkness step up to destroy Sinbad. I can still recall watching their eerie movements on the TV screen and getting that sick feeling in my stomach which now I call fear. (I was an impressionable young thing!)

Sinbad's enemies, the Legion of Darkness
Miss Peregrine's fine fighter

So kudos to Burton for bringing back the fighting skeletons. Bravo! At one point I was so excited I almost let out a Howard Dean scream. It would have been brilliant, but then I remembered I was a single movie goer and must act accordingly, which is to not draw any attention to myself. Peregrine was a refreshing Tim Burton thriller I was hoping it would be.

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