The House with a Clock in its Walls
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Jack Black, two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan star in The House with a Clock in its Walls. Based on the beloved children's classic written by John Bellairs, this magical adventure tells the story of 10-year-old Lewis, who goes to live with his uncle in a creepy old house. But this town's sleepy façade jolts to life when Lewis discovers that the house has a mysterious tick-tocking sound coming from its walls. Determined to find the ticking, Lewis uncovers a secret world of warlocks and witches and accidentally awakens the dead - forcing Lewis, his Uncle Jonathan and their neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman into a race against time to save the world.
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Owen Vaccaro is Lewis Barnavelt
After losing his parents in a freak accident, shy Lewis Barnavelt is placed on a bus and sent to live with his estranged eccentric uncle, Jonathan at his mysterious mansion in New Zebedee, Michigan. However, Lewis soon comes to discover that both his uncle and the mansion are not entirely what they seem.
Jack Black is Jonathan Barnavelt
Jonathan Barnavelt is a secretive and peculiar man, one who is of constant mystery to his nephew, Lewis. Jonathan soon reveals that he is in fact a powerful warlock, capable of amazing magical feats, and that he is locked in a race against time to discover the source of an unexplained ‘ticking’ within the walls of his house. He believes that the ticking is counting down to something catastrophic and with time running out, he will need to recruit Lewis as his student if they’re to prevent the oncoming disaster.
Cate Blanchett is Florence Zimmerman
Jonathan has not been alone in his quest to uncover the source of the ticking; his next-door neighbour Florence Zimmerman has been assisting him in the search for many years. A skilled witch in her own right, she is a loyal friend to Jonathan despite their constant bickering. However, recently she has felt her magical powers waning and so must assist in training Lewis if they’re to stand a chance against whatever evil they uncover.
Kyle MacLachlan is Isaac Izard
A legend and controversial figure within the world of witches and warlocks, Isaac Izard was a student of the forbidden and dark arts which led to his disappearance several years ago. He was also the previous owner Uncle Jonathan’s house, leading Jonathan to believe that the ticking is Izard’s doing and whatever it is counting down to won’t be good.
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bring smile or two along the way.
10 year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) after losing his parents in a car-crash goes to live with his rather
strange yet magical uncle Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black) a Warlock in his big house, he'll meet also his uncle's
best friend Florence Zimmerman ( Cate Blanchett) a witch with even greater powers than his uncle.
During his first night in the big house he see's a light beneath his bedroom door and decides to investigate,
it's his uncle who unbeknown to Lewis is trying to find the clock which makes a loud ticking noise and seems
to be hidden behind the walls of the house, when Lewis see's his uncle smash a hole in the wall with an axe he
becomes frightened and try's to leave, however in doing so furniture comes to life and prevents him leaving..
seems the house likes Lewis being there.
At his new school Lewis doesn't really fit in, he's seen as a strange boy by his fellow pupils, however he does
befriend one boy who he takes back to the big house.....well, there is a cupboard Lewis has been forbidden by his
uncle to try and open, however rules like that don't apply to all ?
In the cupboard a book of spells is found by Lewis and his so-called friend, Lewis who had been learning from
books lent to him by his uncle and guidance on magic will try to impress Tarby on Halloween night by using the
books spell in the graveyard....however what he awakes should have been left to lie.
Jonathan's uncle who knows the power of the elusive clock Isaac Izard is about to wreak havoc unless Jonathan,
Florence and indeed Lewis can stop him.
This is in the main a fun-ride that most will enjoy, especially if a fan of Jack Black, with good special-effects along
the way definitively a good family watch....though a word of caution, it is sometimes quite dark and is not in my
opinion one for the younger viewers.
It’s 1955 and following a tragic accident, misfit Lewis must live with his eccentric uncle Jonathan (Black) in his rather curious house. As time goes on, Lewis discovers that all is not as it seems with his uncle, but also with his new home.
A clock hidden within the walls of the mysterious mansion, left by the wicked Warlock Isaac Izard, has been tick-tock tormenting Jonathan for years. The timepiece's secret is revealed as circumstances conspire and Lewis unwittingly begins the 'end of days' and it’s a race against time, literally, to stop that from happening.
Strong performances outweigh a slightly lightweight and repetitive script. The characters do their best to keep the story energised and ticking along at a decent speed, but there are too many moments where not enough happens. The House with a Clock in Its Walls will pass the time pleasantly enough, but could’ve done with being wound up occasionally to stop it from slowing down.
Jack Black is charmingly cuckoo, Cate Blanchett as watchable as she always is and you’ve got to hand it to youngster Owen Vaccaro as he more than holds his own against these two veterans and the three actors have superb chemistry together.
The 12A certificate is fully justified as familiar frightener Eli Roth makes full use of his dark material to create a Hogwarts-esque house. Taking interior design tips from Salazar Slytherin himself the living quarters come complete with moving artwork, its own chamber of secrets and as he brings dastardly dolls to life, sensitive children should probably stay away.
Toilet gags and verbal sparring between the two adults will amuse kids that are brave enough to watch, but may grow tiresome for anyone over the age of 12. Some nice set-pieces are let down by questionable CGI, however if you’ve ever wanted to see Cate Blanchett head-butt a pumpkin, then this is the film for you.