REVIEW: Is ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ too scary for kids?

REVIEW: Is 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children' too scary for kids?Emma is a girl who is lighter than air, and if she doesn’t wear lead shoes, she will simply float away. Bronwyn, who lives in the same house, has the strength of 10 men. Another girl, Fiona, can make plants grow in mere seconds. Then there’s Hugh, a boy who has bees living in his stomach, and Horace, who has a magical eyeball that acts as a projector, allowing him to “play” his dreams on the big screen.

Such is the life for the kids in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (PG-13), which opens this weekend and is the latest quirky movie from director Tim Burton, who also gave us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. But unlike those two PG-rated films, this one delivers enough creepiness and scary moments that parents might want to think twice about taking young children. (More on that in a bit.)

Miss Peregrine’s is based on the bestselling book by Ransom Riggs and follows the story of World War II-era kids who live in a children’s home because they all have peculiarities due to a recessive gene. Their headmistress is Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), who has the ability to transform into a peregrine falcon.

If all of that wasn’t weird enough, they’re also stuck in a time loop and seem destined to live forever on one date: Sept. 3, 1943 – the day Nazis bombed the house. Each night, before the bomb crashes into the home, Miss Peregrine turns her watch backwards, reversing time.

The children desire a more normal life, and they find hope when a seemingly ordinary teenage boy — Jake (Asa Butterfield) – finds the home. His grandfather, who fought in World War II, had told him stories about the house and its occupants.

No doubt, many children will be asking their parents to watch Miss Peregrine’s this weekend, but what is the appropriate age for a kid to see this one? Let’s take a look … Continue reading