The House with a clock in its walls: Dull and unimpressive

Sep 21, 2018, 15:35 IST | Johnson Thomas

The special effects in the movie, The House With A Clock In Its Walls are strictly ok. Cate Blanchett does herself proud by putting on a valiant effort but Jack Black is so lacklustre that it becomes dull and disappointing.

The House with a clock in its walls: Dull and unimpressive
Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House With A Clock In Its Walls
U/A; Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, Jack Black, Colleen Camp, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Williams

Director: Eli Roth
Ratings: Ratings

A title like this can be a put-off by itself. Horror film expert Eli Roth's first adaptation of a literary work, John Bellair's novel of the same name, a Gothic attempt at family film horror fantasy, is so uninteresting that it could put you off to sleep.

The story is routine. A tragically orphaned pre-teen misfit Lewis( Owen Vaccaro) finds himself alienated in his new school, misses his dead parents, and tries to impress a potential friend Tarby(Sunny Suljic) by misusing his new found magical powers. His kooky uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and the latter's spinster neighbour Mrs Zimmerman(Cate Blanchett) are not amused though.

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The special effects are strictly ok. Owen Vaccaro as Lewis fails to tug at our heartstrings. Blanchett does herself proud by putting on a valiant effort but Black is so lacklustre that every frame he is in becomes dull and disappointing. That's too much in the negative for a film that has him as the main lead.

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