THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
By Mary Cox
The name is too long and so is the movie. After an hour, I was ready to go home. I was bored. Unfortunately, as a film critic I feel an obligation to stay through the whole movie without falling asleep.
A young orphan named Lewis, (Owen Vaccaro) goes to Michigan to live with his Uncle Jonathan, (Jack Black) who is a warlock. Uncle Jonathan lives in a house that an evil magician, Issac Izard, (Kyle MacLachlan) once owned that has a dooms day clock in its walls that can turn back time and end the world. Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett plays Jonathan’s best friend Mrs. Zimmerman.
Lewis is a strange kid who is into the world of magic and sorcery but doesn’t do well mixing with kids at school. In an effort to impress another boy, Lewis goes into the one cabinet that he is forbidden to enter and uses black magic to bring the evil magician back to life.
The trailer for “the house with clocks in its walls” looked wonderful and had me excited to go see this film. The trailer was the best parts of the film. Cate Blanchett is a wonderful actress but even a great actress cannot make a poor script work as a good movie. Overall, the acting of the rest of the cast lacks luster.
The CGI (computer generated imagery) was great but it is not enough to save this film, but I am going to give this film 1 star for the CGI and an animated chair that was the best actor in the film.
The screenplay was by Eric Kripke based on the novel by John Bellairs. The dialogue is flat and doesn’t always make good sense.
I was surprised this was rated PG; it should have been rated PG-13. With a clock that is going to end the world and a zombie. I think little kids will find this too scary if they are able to understand what is happening.
Don’t waste your time or money to go see “The house with a clock in its Walls;” you will root for the clock to turn back time at least two hours so you won’t have to sit through this film.
“The House with a Clock in its Walls” is playing AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, Granite City Cine and Jerseyville Stadium.
ADAM: GIVE THIS ONE STAR