Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap

September 16, 2016 2016, events, films, Uncategorized, Wendy 37


Last week, I was invited to a really fun event: a screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children + Tim Burton’s Handprint Ceremony! I was really excited to see the film after seeing the fantastic trailer, especially since I am excessively fond of Eva Green. I haven’t read the books yet, but I can’t imagine anyone more perfect to play Miss Peregrine.

Even though I worked in movie publicity for a long time, I’d never been to a handprint ceremony before, so I was also interested to see what that would be like. (I always think of that old I Love Lucy episode with John Wayne, heh.) Mr. Darling and I got there early and were put into a press pen while we waited for everything to begin. There were a ton of journalists there, as well as a pretty big crowd of tourists. That’s typical for Hollywood and Highland, but you could tell everyone was buzzy over the promise of seeing Tim Burton in person.

As generally happens at these things, the book people found each other! I met Mary from Book Hounds almost immediately, who was as nice as could be. I was also charmed that there were kids in attendance, whom I initially assumed were there with their blogger parents, but as it turned out, at least one of them has a following on social media herself! I pointed out when Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi arrived to this first little girl, and she was just beside herself with excitement.

ransom riggs

She had been clutching a copy of Tales of the Peculiar the whole time we were waiting, and one of the ladies from 20th Century Fox was kind enough to get it signed for her. Her mom told me that she sees celebrities all the time but couldn’t care less, but she just loves Ransom Riggs.

Isn’t Ransom’s purple jacket snazzy, by the way? Also, Tahereh’s whole outfit (per usual) and Winona’s shoes.

winona ryder

Then the ceremony began. Winona Ryder, who has been in many of Tim Burton’s films, came out to introduce him. She gave a lovely speech talking about why she has returned to work with him again and again, paying tribute to the way he sees the world. “He knows the pain of the misunderstood, of the odd, and even of the mad. He celebrates them in a way that is both totally unique, so very, very tender, sometimes terrifying, and very often hilarious.” I couldn’t help thinking of how perfect Tim Burton is to direct the movie version of this book, too.

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Tim came out and was funny and self-deprecating and gracious. After giving a short speech, he said, “Now I’m supposed to put my face in concrete, right?” which made everyone laugh.

Afterwards, we had the chance to take close-up photos of the concrete and do selfies on the red carpet if we wanted to. (I didn’t want to, hah. You guys know that’s not my thing!) I was really glad the kids got to meet Ransom–a couple of them were shy about it, but Mary and I told them to just go for it. Martin Landau and a few other actors were there as well, though the kids really only had eyes for Ransom. It was pretty cute.

miss peregrine movie screening

Then we all headed inside for the screening. We picked up popcorn and drinks and our 3D glasses from the concession stand, and I took video of the amazing revolving Miss Peregrine’s House cake, which was made out of gingerbread and lit up! There was another photo op with a Miss Peregrine wall as well.

Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs both spoke before the movie began. Ransom expressed how having his book optioned by Tim Burton seemed unreal, and that he kept telling himself throughout the process that he would believe it when he actually sat down in a theater with popcorn and saw it with friends. And….here it was! It was a pretty special moment.

As for the movie itself, I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but both Mr. Darling and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely see it if you’re a fan of the books (Mary told me they only changed a few things) or liked the look of the trailer! It’s one I’d definitely see again…and now I’m interested in checking out the books, too.

Have you read the books, or are you planning on seeing the movie?

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be in theaters Friday, September 30th, 2016.


From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Photographs were taken by me or provided by the studio. Many thanks to 20th Century Fox for inviting me to attend!

Previous Midnight Garden movie coverage:

The Giver screening event + review
If I Stay event recap + review
The Fault in Our Stars discussion
Divergent discussion
Vampire Academy discussion


37 Responses to “Miss Peregrine Movie Screening + Tim Burton Handprint Ceremony Recap”

  1. peach @ rebelle reads

    Oooooh how jealous am *I* that you’ve gone to this premiere! I still haven’t seen the movie (or read the book, gah! such a nonbeliever!). Thanks for sharing, Wendy!! <3

  2. Carina Olsen

    Eee, you are so lucky for getting to go to this :D Sounds like SO MUCH FUN. <3 I'm thrilled you had an amazing time Wendy :) And yay for loving the movie too :) I have only read book one, which I didn't love, but ohh, I am so curious about this movie :D It looks gorgeous. And aw, Ransom do seem pretty amazing :) Thank you for sharing about this amazing thing. <3 You are the luckiest and the most awesome :)
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  3. Laurie

    I haven’t read the books the movie is based on as of yet. But my husband and I love Tim Burton’s work so we are eager to see what he has done, the trailers have looked fantastic. Love the photos, thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Wendy Darling

      If you liked the trailer (and Tim Burton), I think you’ll very much enjoy the film! It’s kind of a throwback to the older Burton films that I enjoyed, his style is fantastical but the aesthetic is more restrained, if that makes sense. Maybe because there are such good visual references already from the photographs in the books.

      I hope you and Mr. Laurie enjoy the film!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Heh, isn’t it funny how that happens? :) Life of a book blogger / book hoarder.

      How nice that you’ve met Ransom! It must’ve been fun to see him at BEA. He didn’t speak for very long, but his speech was just lovely. I really liked his companion book for middle grade called TALES OF THE PECULIAR, so I’m hopeful I like the trilogy as well.
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  4. A Canadian Girl

    I haven’t read the book, Wendy, but saw the trailer and thought it looked interesting enough that I’d want to give the movie a try. I didn’t realize the movie was directed by Tim Burton but based on the little I know about the book, he’s a great choice. It looks like you had a great time and I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the movie. Hopefully I’ll get to see it soon; life is crazy busy right now!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Honestly? Real talk time. I have somewhat mixed feelings about Tim Burton’s recent movies, so I was a bit unsure about how I’d feel about it, but the trailer looked amazing, so I was willing to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did! It’s very much a great film for kids, but one that’s very enjoyable for adults as well.

      Hope all is good with you! I feel you on the busy thing. This year has been kicking my butt, too.
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  5. Tasya

    AAHH YOU’RE SO LUCKY! I haven’t read the book too, but the trailer looks amazing! And Eva Green! <3 I really like Ransom's purple jacket, and Winona looks as flawless as ever! It seems like you had a lot of fun, I would freak out like the kids too if I met my favorite author :D Thanks for sharing!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I have the BIGGEST girl crush on Eva Green. I think she’s a goddess.

      And yes, I’ve been so excited to see the movie since I saw the trailer–hopefully you’ll end up enjoying it, too! It was easy to follow and very fun.

      Winona was lovely, and when my husband first saw Ransom, he said, “Whoa, that is a sharp jacket,” hah. I’d told him that Ransom kinda dresses like him, but he was still surprised.
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  6. Rayna

    This sounds like it was so fun! I do have one concern about the movie, though:. It seems that they changed Emma’s peculiarity from fire to air in the trailer (I’m assuming the blonde is Emma). Is that true for the movie, and does it affect the original plotline much? What else did they change? (I don’t remember skeletons in the book, but it’s a long time since I read it.)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hi Rayna! I haven’t read the books and actually wasn’t aware that Emma’s peculiarity was originally fire, but yes, you’re correct–it looks like Emma’s and Olive’s peculiarities are swapped. I don’t know why, though I can say that it works for the narrative of the film. Maybe they did it for plot convenience and since she’s the more prominent character? Plus visually it’s very striking as well. Mary (the blogger I sat with who’s read the books) didn’t seem to mind it much.

      The skeletons come into play at the very end, and I suspect they were an invention of the movie people as well. (Honestly, it’s the one thing in the film that felt that way to someone who hasn’t read the books.) I’m always very curious how reactions vary from fans vs people who haven’t read the book, so I’d love to know what you think of it if you remember once you’ve seen it!
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  7. Leah

    I’m glad to hear you all had fun! I’m hoping to see it when it comes out. Thank you so much for sharing this experience.

  8. Leandra Wallace

    I love it when you have these types of posts on here! I am so intrigued by Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi, they seem to lead an amazing life! I definitely want to see the movie, tho w/a 4 yo, it’s going to have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and he’s in bed. =)

  9. Alexa S.

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m super excited for the film! I’m glad you guys enjoyed it, and I loved hearing all about the screening. It’s super sweet that there were these kids present who loved Ransom and were excited to meet him!

    • Wendy Darling

      Ohh, let me know what you both think of it! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film, and by how interested I am in reading the book now. I really liked the companion book TALES OF THE PECULIAR, and I think you might, too. I adored the audio version I got for review, and I just bought the book to keep as well, since it’s so pretty.

      I actually had a slight headache, so I was boring and got a bottle of water, hah. But I always enjoy seeing a themed cocktail! Definitely added to the festive atmosphere.
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