If you’ve seen Jack Black in “Goosebumps”, then you probably know what to expect from “The House With a Clock in its Walls”, a fun-filled family film with a dose of “spooky” to keep the adults just as entertained. Black is in top form once again as good old uncle Jonathan, who takes in his nephew Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), following his parents’ death in a car accident. His house, as you might have guessed, is filled with clocks, and wait until you see what happens at night. Based on the acclaimed 1973 children’s novel by John Bellairs, “The House With a Clock in its Walls” sounds like the last movie Eli Roth would direct. Mostly known for his gory horror films (have you seen “Hostel”, kids?), it was refreshing to see him tackle something completely new for once. And with a lavish production, eye-popping visuals, and a sense of humor that is damn near irresistible, the movie kept me entertained at every turn, despite a somehow familiar storyline. Oh and I especially enjoyed seeing Cate Blanchett as Black’s neighbor, a woman with “unusual” powers of her own. There’s a secret buried somewhere in the house, and what follows is non-stop fun ready made for Halloween. Roth, knowing his target audience, let’s it rip. It’s a fun time at the movies for the whole family.
Categories: 2.5/4, adventure, fantasy, The Twenty-First Century
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