Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenis a 2016 American dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton , and written by Jane Goldman , based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs . The film stars Eva Green , Asa Butterfield , Chris O'Dowd , Allison Janney , Rupert Everett , Terence Stamp , Ella Purnell , Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson .
London and the Tampa Bay Area . The film premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 25, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on September 30, 2016 by 20th Century Fox .It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $253 million worldwide, against a production budget of $110 million.
For years, Abe Portman ( Terence Stamp ) has told stories to his 16-year-old grandson Jake ( Asa Butterfield ) about his childhood battling monsters and spending part of World War II living at "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by the coast of Wales . The home's residents and their headmistress, Miss Alma Peregrine ( Eva Green ), possess paranormal abilities and are known as "Peculiars". After receiving a frantic phone call from his grandfather, Jake and his drugstore coworker Shelly ( O-Lan Jones ) rush to Abe's house. In the woods nearby, Jake finds his grandfather collapsed with his eye sockets empty, and he tells Jake to find "the bird, the loop and September 3, 1943", before dying.
Following the advice of his psychiatrist , Dr. Golan ( Allison Janney ), and finding a letter from Miss Peregrine to Abe, Jake and his father Franklin ( Chris O'Dowd ) travel to Wales. Jake explores the island and finds out the children's home was destroyed during a Luftwaffe raid. As he explores the house, some of the Peculiar Children from Abe's stories greet him.
The children take Jake through a cave and he finds himself in 1943; they take him back to their intacted house, where Miss Peregrine greets him. She explains that she belongs to a class of female Peculiars named "Ymbrynes", who have the power to transform into birds (in Miss Peregrine's case, a peregrine falcon ) and manipulate time. She and the children hide from the outside world in a time loop she created, permanently set to September 3, 1943.
Jake is introduced to the rest of the children, including aerokinetic Emma Bloom ( Ella Purnell ), a teenager lighter than air, and necromancer Enoch O'Connor (Finlay MacMillan). Jake learns that one of the children, super-strong Victor Bruntley (Louis Davison) was killed by an invisible monster called a "Hollowgast" (or "Hollow"), and that he himself is a Peculiar; like his grandfather, he can see Hollows. Miss Peregrine explains that Hollows are Peculiars who were transformed by a failed experiment by tapping an Ymbryne's power in hopes of becoming immortals. Led by shapeshifter Mr. Barron ( Samuel L. Jackson ), they hunt Peculiars to consume their eyeballs enough to became "Wights", visible Peculiars with milky-white eyes.
As Emma is walking Jake back to the cave, they find a wounded Ymbryne named Miss Avocet ( Judi Dench ) in avocet bird form. Emma takes her to the children's home. Jake discovers another letter from Abe to Miss Peregrine, revealing that Mr. Barron is stalking a time loop at Blackpool , England in January 2016 created by Miss Avocet. She reveals to Miss Peregrine, Jake and the children that Barron raided her loop, killed her children and is trying to repeat his experiment with more Ymbrynes. Worried, Miss Peregrine decides to move out with her children and Miss Avocet.
Back in 2016, Jake realizes earlier that a Hollow might be close when a flock of sheep and a blind old man mysteriously die. Jake goes back to the cave to warn his friends, but he's followed by another visitor on the island, ornithologist John Lemmon ( Rupert Everett ) who goes through the loop with him. He transforms into Dr. Golan and reveals to be Mr. Barron. He tried to get information about Miss Peregrine’s loop from Abe, but his Hollow companion Mr. Malthus knocked out Abe before he could answer. He posed as Dr. Golan and encouraged Jake to visit the island, hoping he would guide him to the loop. Taking Jake to the house as a hostage, Barron forces Miss Peregrine to come with him and leaves her children, Jake and Miss Avocet for their own safety.
Malthus' past self arrives and kills Miss Avocet, but Jake and the children escape just as the Luftwaffe raid destroys the house and kills Malthus. Without Miss Peregrine the loop closes, leaving the children and Jake in 1943. Jake and the children travel on a sunken ocean liner to the Blackpool loop to rescue Miss Peregrine. They use their abilities to fight and kill Barron's Hollow and Wight accomplices. Jake frees Miss Peregrine and other captive Ymbrynes. Barron tries to pose as Jake to confuse the children, but when the last remaining Hollow arrives, Jake avoids him, which kills Barron before being in turn killed by Jake.
Jake says goodbye to the children and returns to the present world in Florida, relenting his adventures to Abe alive and well; Malthus' death erased himself and his murder of Abe from the future. Abe gives him a map of time loops all over the world, allowing Jake to reunite with his friends again. Jake and Emma confess their feelings for each other and kiss, and Miss Peregrine in peregrine form follows all of them on their ship, looking for another time loop.