The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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"This house knows what makes you tick."
  • PG
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.1  (55,313)
  • 57

In "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," Jack Black plays Jonathan Barnavelt, a warlock who is chosen to be the guardian of a mystical mansion after the death of his friend and fellow warlock. Jonathan's new home is a spooky old structure filled with curious and terrifying wonders, including a ticking clock hidden somewhere within the walls.

When Jonathan's nephew, Lewis (played by Owen Vaccaro), comes to stay with him, he quickly discovers that his uncle is not your typical guardian. In addition to his magical powers, Jonathan has an eclectic sense of fashion and an affinity for flatulence jokes. But as Lewis settles into his new surroundings, he begins to learn more about the house, its secrets, and the darker powers that are at work there.

One of Jonathan's few allies is Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), a powerful witch who has her own complicated history with the mansion. Together, Jonathan, Lewis, and Mrs. Zimmerman must work to find the ticking clock and stop its malevolent purpose before it's too late.

The film is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by John Bellairs, and was directed by Eli Roth. It is a mix of spooky adventure and heartwarming family drama, with inventive magic and eerie creatures that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

The cast is strong, with Jack Black bringing his signature humor and charm to the role of Jonathan. Owen Vaccaro shines as the wide-eyed Lewis, who is both fascinated and frightened by the wonders of his new home. Cate Blanchett is also excellent as Mrs. Zimmerman, delivering her lines with dry wit and a touch of melancholy.

The visuals are a highlight of the film, with elaborate set design and stunning special effects bringing the mansion and its inhabitants to life. There are also plenty of impressive magical sequences, including a memorable scene involving a transforming topiary lion.

Despite its fantastical elements, the movie's heart lies in its portrayal of family relationships. Both Jonathan and Lewis are dealing with personal grief and loss, and their bond grows stronger as they work together to unravel the secrets of the house. The film also explores the complex relationship between Mrs. Zimmerman and Jonathan, hinting at a deeper connection between the two characters.

Overall, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" is a fun and spooky adventure that will enchant viewers of all ages. With its talented cast, inventive magic, and heartfelt themes, it is a must-see for fans of fantasy and family films alike.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 2018 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 57.

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    6.1  (55,313)
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