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🕰️ The House with a Clock in Its Walls 🕰️
The House with a Clock in Its Walls…should you go and see this film? The short answer is no! Whilst I usually begin with what I liked about a film in this case that would be like scraping the bottom of an empty barrel because there really wasn’t much for me to like. Somehow this film is gaining relatively positive reviews from the media but I honestly have no idea how or why.
For starts the the films plot is absurd, unnecessarily confusing and unexplainable. I really don’t even know what went on or how to put it into words. We have a young kid (Owen Vaccaro – who is really bad, I know he’s a child actor but those fake crying scenes oh boy…) whose parents have passed away so he’s shipped off to live with his eccentric Uncle (Jack Black) who he has never even met before. His Uncle’s best friend presents the only redeeming factor of this film in the form of Cate Blanchett. The two have a very odd relationship which adds to the confusion. From here on in these three work together to literally try and find a clock in the houses walls…which is really dumb…even for a film aimed at children. The kid is taught how to be a warlock by the duo of Jack and Cate and that’s about it really. There’s some pointless additional characters in the form of a villain with no clear motive and some friends the kid makes at school who also offer no significant plot development. It really is just a giant mess of boring confusion…and therefore no surprise I nodded off for what I think was and obviously quite underwhelming climactic scene around the halfway point.
A forgivable factor for this film is the fact I am not its target audience, as it doesn’t have the nostalgia or emotional depth of a Disney film (the best kind of children’s movie) it doesn’t show any intention to be entertaining to an adult audience. On the same regard I don’t understand how it is catered towards a children’s audience either. Eli Roth (the director) is generally well known for directing horror films such as Hostel, this film marks his first attempt at directing a children’s film resulting in a bit of a mess. The film quickly flips from what is genuinely scary to me, let alone a child (think a room full of laughing doll heads) to the next minute Jack Black being turned into a baby and weeing on the villain…yes it is as terrible and uncomfortable to watch as it sounds. My recommendation is Roth sticks to what he knows best and stays with horror films in the future.
I really hope that this is a standalone film and not an attempt at a franchise, leave a magical franchise to Harry Potter please. Because on this besides a beautiful design creating a magical atmosphere very little magic takes place in the film, which is quite disappointing.
So if it isn’t clear enough already I really didn’t like this film…I hope to never see it again and it is quite possibly one of the worst films I have seen this year. As a fan of Cate Blanchett I will give credit and let you know she has a great role, has great banter and works effortlessly with Jack Black as the mother and father figure of the protagonist. Sadly this duo isn’t enough to save this snooze of a film. Save yourself the headache of trying to understand what is going on at all times and go see something else instead…
🌟 Rating: 2/10
🍦 Rating: Jelly Wobble Paddlepop ~ Confusing and kind of scary, it might seem like a good idea but it most certainly isn’t!