Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls Review

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a dark fantasy family film directed by Eli Roth, based on the 1973 novel “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs. The movie is set up in 1955 and stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, and Kyle MacLachlan. This is one of the five Hollywood film released this weekend. Here is our review of The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Review

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Review

This Eli Roth directorial is much better than his previous work. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is not only neat and family friendly. The book that is based on is not very popular but it brings a very nostalgic for the story. The story of the film is actually written in the 70s. Actually, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is the first in the series of twelve novels featuring the fictional American boy Lewis Barnavelt.

Eli Roth is known for making violent, gory suspense and horror elements. This is the second film by Eli Roth in the year, after Death Wish starring Bruce Willis. Death Wish is also adapted from the film by the same name, which is penned very badly. If by Death Wish Eli Roth wants to be  Scorsese, then by this he trying wannabe Steven Speilberg.

Literally, Eli Roth has done a great effort in the technical aspects. The film is not made on a great budget but in this small scale. He could make a more eye-catching cool stuff. The movie set on the 50s, it needs to be made on a certain color palate. The production designing is nice but he needs to do his homework in camera movement and in colorist.

Director: Eli Roth
Music Director: Nathan Barr
Cinematographer: Rogier Stoffers
Editor: Fred Raskin
Production company: Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls Story

The story is about a boy Lewis Barnavelt played Owen Vaccaro after his parents passed away he is sent to live in New Zebedee, Michigan with his uncle Jonathan Barnavelt played by Jack Black. Now, Lewis had met before his uncle Lewis Barnavelt. After Lewis parent’s death, he is seeking for love and missing them.

Jonathan and his neighbor and also witch Florence Zimmerman played by Cate Blanchett, teaches Lewis all about magic. They also told him about the clock that is somewhere hidden in their house and they need to find out. The house that Lewis has just moved into was previously owned by Isaac and Selena Izard. Before dying, this sinister couple had constructed a powerful magical clock that is hidden somewhere within the walls of the house where it ticks eternally, trying to pull the world into a magical alignment that would have permitted Isaac to bring about the end of the world.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Main Cast

Jack Black – Jonathan Barnavelt, Lewis Barnavelt’s uncle and a magical warlock.
Cate Blanchett – Florence Zimmerman, Jonathan’s neighbor a witch.
Owen Vaccaro – Lewis Barnavelt, Jonathan’s 10-year old nephew.
Kyle MacLachlan – Isaac Izard, a warlock and the original owner of the house.
Renée Elise Goldsberry – Selena Izard, Isaac’s wife, and a witch.
Sunny Suljic – Tarby Corrigan, Lewis’ friend.
Colleen Camp – Mrs. Hanchett, Jonathan’s nosey neighbor.
Lorenza Izzo – Mrs. Barnavelt, Lewis Barnavelt’ mother.
Vanessa Anne Williams – Rose Rita Pottinger.

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The performance of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett individually terrific. But when they came along together it didn’t work their chemistry. And the other characters are didn’t do a very memorable presence for decades as larger than life the story told. As a horror comedy the film is fine as horror but in the department of comedy it works in some gags but rest haven’t written or improvised. Editing and screenplay are so average as it did n’t look you are watching it for the first time. Most of the critics would n’t like even the special digital effects, but I found relevant to this amount of budget and the time it is set on.

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Hope You Like Our review of The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The film is recommended if you like fantasy adventure which is set in the 19th century with lots of magic.

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