Is The House with a Clock in Its Walls worth your time?

September 26, 2018

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is originally a 179-page, mystery fiction/juvenile fiction novel written by author John Bellairs. 

 

Both the book and the movie rely heavily on magic. Transitioning to the film, Jack Black plays Uncle Jonathan Barnavelt who is a warlock. 

 

 

COURTESY IMDB.COM

(L-R) Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star in "The House with a

Clock in Its Walls" the film adaption of John Bellairs' 1973 novel by the same name.

 

 

Blanchett is Mrs. Florence Zimmermann, who is primarily Uncle Jonathan’s assistant that has her own magical powers and Vaccaro is Uncle Jonathan’s nephew Lewis Barnavelt who is an up and coming warlock himself. 

 

The characters roles in the film were played quite well with little to no personal constructive criticism on their acting.

 

The film is directed by Eli Roth, who has also done movies such as Knock Knock (2015) and Inglorious Basterds (2009).

 

The setting of the film takes place during 1955 in the town of New Zebedee, Michigan (Marshall is town’s name in real life).  

 

What surprised me the most is that Jack Black played a different type of character rather than his other movies. 

 

People know him as the big goofball, but the House with a Clock in Its Walls shows a whole different side of him and it’s a good thing. 

 

Sometimes it’s okay to change your roles from time to time. While you’re watching, you’ll notice a whole Halloween theme from beginning to end (what better time to release this film, right)? 

 

From evil Jack-o-Lanterns to statues and puppets attacking, you’re in for a surprise. Roth also uses sporadic jump scares throughout the film so be prepared. 

 

Looking at some of the behind the scenes information on how much the budget was for the entire film, it cost and estimated $42 million via IMDb. 

 

The total duration of the film is 1 hour and 45 minutes. According to Box Office Mojo, it has made nearly $8 million since this past Friday in box offices everywhere. 

 

In closing, here are my final thoughts and official. Overall, I liked the film, but I wasn’t shocked at all by any means but don’t let that discourage you from watching the film.It does lack some humor, but the amazing graphics take place of that. 

 

The story can get a bit tough at times to keep up with so pay close attention to every detail.Fortunately, there were very few people there which is surprising for its opening weekend, but people like to wait for the following weekend. 

 

My official rating for The House with a Clock in Its Walls is 3 out of 5 stars.  

 

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