By Cynthia Bujnicki
“A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.” —IMDB
What a fun family movie. This is one of those Halloween movies that it’s not scary not really not at all it’s just magical and kind of spooky, but it makes it a great family movie. It has such fun spooky sequences that they make the audience laughed, and they’re definitely not going to scare the children. This is a very child-friendly and child-appropriate film.
Jack Black and Cate Blanchett make such an incredible team. It’s fun to see Blanchett in a role that is more lighthearted than her previous ones. There’s still a level of strength and earnest in her position, it wouldn’t be Blanchett if she didn’t bring in a certain level of depth into the film. I loved that about her, how talented she is and how funny she can be. Her camaraderie with Jack Black is on point and brings a lot of joviality to the film as they embark on this mission together to help raise his nephew and keep him safe. It brings a lot of heart to the movie as it develops the story and the chemistry between the characters.
The heart of the film is about family, what family means to these characters. It’s important because it also shows that the price of loving one’s family is not worth the cost of one’s soul. It makes for a good family film that has a tremendous spooky factor attached to it. That’s what makes it so good. It’s funny, it’s light-hearted and has a great story behind it that makes it the perfect family film.
Directed by Eli Roth
Written by Eric Kripke
Based on The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
Rating | Length | Genre: PG | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Distributed by Universal Pictures