THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Blu-ray Review
Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.
Directed By: Eli Roth
Written By: Eric Kripke & John Bellairs
Starring: Jack Black (Jonathan Barnavelt), Cate Blanchett (Florence Zimmerman), Owen Vaccaro (Lewis Barnavelt), Kyle MacLachlan (Issac Izard), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Selena Izard), Colleen Camp (Mrs. Hanchett), Sunny Suljic (Tarby Corrigan), Lorenza Izzo (Mother), Braxton Bjerken (Woody Mingo), Vanessa Anne Williams (Rose Rita Pottinger) and more.
Genre: Comedy, Family, & Fantasy
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS-HD HR 7.1
French: DTS-HD HR 7.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, & Spanish
Jack Black’s Greatest Fear
Alternate Opening and Ending
Warlocks and Witches
Tick Tock: Bringing in the Book to Life
Eli Roth: Director’s Journals
I give The House with a Clock in its Walls Blu-ray a B+.
The House with a Clock in its Walls follows Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who has just lost his mom and dad. He receives a letter to join his Uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black) to live in this creepy old house. He soon finds out that his Uncle and Uncle’s neighbor Florence (Cate Blanchett) practices witchcraft. When Lewis accidentally performs a spell to raise the dead (Issac Izard). Lewis, Jonathan, and Florence must stop him before he reverses time and destroys the people and the world as we know it.
This film was unique. It catered to both Adults and kids. Its a great family film coming from a director (Eli Roth) known for the horror genre.
There are many things I like about this film. I like the chemistry between the characters played by Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. The back and forth insulting between the two was hilarious. They had such great chemistry and you could see it on the screen. It was like they were a married couple who had been married for years. I loved Cate Blanchett in this film. She was absolutely stunning. Her character had a strength to her that kept Jonathan and Owen in one piece. Without her, the two would be lost. We later find out in the film that she has a tragedy that has happened to her in the past. I like how she overcomes her obstacles to help stop Issac Izard with his plan. You can’t help but like Lewis. The character is somewhat of an outcast but gains confidence at the end of the film. Owen Vaccaro fits the role perfectly. He did such an amazing job portraying Lewis and overcame obstacles himself to help fight off Izard. Last but not least. This film is magical. The house came to life. The ordinary reclining chair even had a personality as well as the Topiary Griffith in the garden. The Griffith was like a huge cuddly cat. The scene where they were in the garden and the solar system came to life was breathtaking.
Catch The House with a Clock in Its Walls on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital December 18th!