Review: The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Review: The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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I went to see “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” — and the parents who enjoy horror movies will appreciate this introduction to the genre, but families with sensitive kids should think about whether they’re up for even a “light” fright flick. Those who do watch will appreciate the movie’s messages about teamwork, perseverance and facing your fears.

The movie is based off the 1973 book of the same name and stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Owen Vaccaro is okay as the lead role. I won’t say it’s amazing, but for child-acting  he’s passable. There are a few bad deliveries from him, but for the most part he didn’t annoy me. Most of the child-acting here is alright too.

I feel that the adult acting was far better, with Black (Jonathan Barnavelt) which gave the movie a little bit more of a lighter family mood. With a comedy background, he gives me that feeling that it’s not scary. Also Blanchett (Mrs. Zimmerman) had a nice tie in with the main characters as a bickering flirt with Black’s character, Jonathan Barnavelt.

the year is 1955, Following the death of lewis Barnavelt parents. Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his estranged Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in New Zebedee, Michigan in a creepy old house that local kids believe to be haunted. However, Lewis starts to suspect that not everything about his uncle is as it seems. And of course it isn’t, as it is revealed that Jonathan and his neighbor Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) are a warlock and witch. here he learns the mysteries and haunting history behind the the house he lives in.