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The House With A Clock In Its Walls (film review)


Film: The House With A Clock In It's Walls
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Eli Roth
Starring: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro
About: 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.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQGA42-U0Ro

My Review:
Having wanted to see this movie since it came out in the cinema I couldn't resist but to buy this and give it a watch. This is a movie in which really surprised me as it was different from how I had expected however made me enjoy it in a way I didn't expect.

I found that this film was funny and made me laugh as well had elements of horror which made this a perfect children's horror to me and one that I would be able to watch when looking for something not very scary. I also thought that this film reminded me of some of my other childhood favourite horror films such as The Haunted Mansion with the way this film was laid out. Having the movie also have the death of the boys mother and how that is used against him a very clever way of manipulating him into doing as the villains wanted and using it as a way for the child to not trust his uncle. This movie I did also find rather cute with the sofa being like a dog and finding out the background of how the villain came to be was something which gave the audience a great insight while also keeping them wanting to know what was going to happen next. The cast was something in which I also thought worked really well together and made me really like the characters and keep light as well as being able to make it scarier when it needed to be. The CGI was also really good in my opinion and something in which I was really impressed with as it didn't feel out of place with the movie and looked really natural.

The only thing I didn't really like about this film was that the child was really annoying and just seemed to be really not likable in my opinion even though I feel that this was not the intention of the writer. I also wish that there was more backstory for the uncle and the woman in purple as their past was rather kept hidden with only small insights which could however make a second movie.

Overall, I liked The House With A Clock In It's Walls a lot more than I expected and is something in which I am glad I decided to buy as it has a lot of content as well as being a children's horror. I would recommend this film to those who are wanting a family movie which has humour as well as horror and those who are fans of the movie The Haunted Mansion. I am definitely going to be seeing this movie again!

My Rating: 4/5 

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