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 the Clock in its Walls"
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 facade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
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Having seen the trailer for this movie but missing out on seeing it at the movies I was rapt to open our review box and see it. With two of my favourite actors in it (Cate Blanchett and Jack Black) I did not wait too long before watching it. As it is PG, and with my three children being 9, 7, and 5, I decided to watch it first, before deciding if it would be suitable for them to watch.
As far as DVDs go - it's pretty standard - and the front of it does give a bit of an idea of what it may contain - ie fantasy, magic, maybe time travel. I have read the book a long time ago - but cannot really remember the story - however I want to now re read it to see how much they stuck to it! The movie is directed by Eli Roth, who is known for gore type horror movies, so I sort of knew what to expect - however this is a PG movie, so I did wonder what he was going to do.
The movie centres around Lewis, a 10 year old boy who is orphaned who goes to live with his Uncle in a weird old house, and pretty soon realises that (to quote well used line) "all is not as it seems" with a weird world, magic and more. I do not want to give away the movie too much, but I definitely think it is not a movie suitable for my younger two and possibly not my older one either, and it really should have been PG13 in my opinion.
The movie itself is okay - albeit a little bit long at nearly two and a half hours. I think it could have cut out probably 30 odd minutes and still be fine. The plot itself loses a little bit towards the middle, but Cate Blanchett and Jack Black are entertaining enough to keep you watching until the end. Jack Black is pretty much as he is in most movies - but I enjoyed it enough to keep watching. About half way through was where it started to go from funny magical to a bit too grown up, with weird dolls and genuinely scary stuff I enjoyed as a horror lover, but from a parent perspective, not so much.
All in all it is not a bad movie, probably not one I will watch again in a hurry, but I did not feel un-entertained, if that is a word!
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