In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. (Amblin)
I have to say I really didn’t think this movie would be very good at all. When I found out that it was directed by Eli Roth of all people I thought even worse of it. However, I was pleasantly surprised by The House with a Clock in its Walls. This isn’t necessarily a memorable film, but this is definitely a film that you should bring your kids to.
There really aren’t near as many Halloween themed films for kids as there should be. This movie sort of serves as an introduction to horror movies for kids that really shouldn’t be watching them. Jack Black is really fun as he usually is, and Cate Blanchett is great too. There are some problems here though. There are some parts where the pace just drags on as slow as possible and makes it easy to lose interest, which isn’t necessarily a good thing considering this is a movie made for kids. I also found the “villain” and the whole story at the end a bit stupid. There is definitely something better that they could have come up with.
Overall, this was a really fun and enjoyable movie. It’s almost as if Eli Roth with his horror background was the right choice to direct. I can’t even believe I just said that. Also, the set design here is phenomenal and really is a character in itself. If you have kids or just looking for a fun time this The House With a Clock in its Walls surely is worth your time.