Movie Review: ‘House with a Clock …’ is frightening family fun

“The House With a Clock in its Walls” is a cute family film, but might be a bit too intense for smaller children. But if you think your child can manage a few thrills and chills, this adventure-comedy will most likely be great fun for your family, especially around Halloween.

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Based on the first volume in the beloved children’s series of books, the film is directed by Eli Roth.
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The official poster for “The House with a Clock in its Walls.

The story begins when 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his uncle after his parents pass away in an accident. He soon realizes the odd clock-filled house is alive with magic and his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) are powerful wizards.

While learning to become a warlock himself, Lewis accidentally raises the evil previous owner of the house from the dead. The three then have to use their magic to figure out a way to thwart his evil plan before the universe is destroyed.

I’m not sure how true to the original book this film sticks, as I haven’t read the novel. But that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the movie’s comedy, plot or heart. “The House With a Clock in its Walls” runs an hour and 45 minutes and is rated PG. There are no end credit scenes.

Check out the official trailer for “The House with a Clock in its Walls“:

The House with a Clock in Its Walls - Official Trailer 1

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