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Movie Review: The House with a Clock in its Walls

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Kirra Schutte, Staff Writer

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Universal Pictures has finally brought The House with a Clock in its Walls to the big screen. It was adapted from children’s novel by John Bellairs and was directed by Eli Roth. The release date was September 21, 2018.

The House with a Clock in its Walls is a family horror movie. It was a really exciting film. I personally didn’t want to see it at first because the trailer didn’t pull me in, but it turned out to be a good and respectable movie. I really liked the main plot in it too. The movie really felt planned out, and the magic element in this film was really cool to see. The crew of The House with a Clock in its Walls did a really good job making this movie so kudos to them.

This film has three main characters, Mrs. Zimmerman, Jonathan Barnavelt, and his nephew Lewis. Mrs. Zimmerman and Jonathan both have magical powers along with the villain, Isaac Izzard, who is a former friend of Jonathan.

Isaac used to own Jonathan’s house before Jonathan did and while Isaac lived in the house he tried a trick he’d never done before and sadly died. The trio now must find a clock that has been hidden in the house that was by Isaac before he died. If they fail to find the clock before it strikes one, tragedy will strike.

The movie is set in the 1950’s. Watching the combination of magic and the culture of the ‘50s was cool and gave the movie a new entertaining element. This would be a good movie for a family movie night. It’s full of adventure. Warning there is a bit of rude humor and it can be a bit spooky at times but overall it’s a fun and entertaining movie. The rating for this movie is PG, but it pushes the limits at some points.

The House with a Clock in its Walls had really good and respectable acting from its main actors and actress. Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Owen Vaccaro seemed to have really good chemistry on screen and they was really cool to see. The graphics in this movie wasn’t terrible, and this movie is something that anyone could go see and be able to relax. However, the filmography and the twists and turns keeps the audience on their toes. This movie was directed by Eli Roth which is really cool because he wasn’t allowed to make it a full horror movie for adults, so for a kid friendly movie he did a really good job. I really enjoyed this movie and I would give it a pretty good 8/10.

If you’re looking for a movie that has fantasy elements, humor, and is a bit long, then this would good for you. I recommend you see this movie if you can.

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