Movie Review: The House with a Clock in Its Walls



PG | | Comedy Family Fantasy | 21 September 2018 (USA)

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.


Eli Roth


Eric Kripke (screenplay by), John Bellairs (based on the novel by)

Initial Thoughts:

I’ll be upfront right away, I didn’t have any interest in this. We were in Corner Brook and it was a choice between this or Smallfoot, we both wanted something a little more adult, so we chose this. Plus I’ve always enjoyed dinner and a movie, so we made it a date night.

Main Points:

I’ll give credit where credit is due, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett due there best. Both of them good, in the limited roles they have to play. The movie has some good special effects. It’s not that the story is terrible, it’s just very predicable (aside from one minor surprise) and paint by numbers kind of deal.

I never read the book and while the movie is certainly not appropriate for young kids (I’d say ages 10+), I still felt too old to get the full enjoyment. I’ll say at least I didn’t find it dragged and wasn’t bored when it ended.

Final Thoughts:

 Just a very mediocre movie, I won’t spoil the small twist there (which I didn’t see coming). While I’m sure there are better movies out now, this might be something to take your 10+ year old child, niece or nephew. I give it 6 out of 10 and only a small recommendation. Maybe I would have enjoyed this movie in IMAX? Oh I should add there is a scene towards the end that is supposed to be cute/funny but it’s just gross and disturbing to me. I’ll say there is at least a positive message and being yourself and doing what you enjoy despite what people think of you, until next time!