The House With A Clock In Its Walls, 5.25/10, has permanently stained the image of Jack Black as a baby onto my mind. Sounds outrageous, right? Director Eli Roth is well-known for his horror gores, Hostel and the sequel, Hostel: Part 2. The idea of a horror director creating a ‘children’s’ movie enticed my attention. However, sadly, THWACIIW never really found its feet as it was too dark for it to appeal to the younger demographic and too cheesy to appeal to an older audience.
A young orphan named Lewis (played by Owen Vaccaro) falls under the care of his magical warlock uncle Jonathan (played by Jack Black) and his next door neighbour come best friend Mrs Zimmerman (played by Cate Blanchett). A situation like this would be overwhelming for a young boy at the best of times but his uncle also desperately needs his help in locating a clock spell-bound to the house by its previous owner: evil wizard Issac Izard (played by Kyle MacLachlan). The clock has the power to reverse time… So finding the clock before it’s too late is quite literally a race against time.
The witty verbal dual between Black and Blanchett is funny and entertaining but sadly, the humour ends there. I seem to be getting tired of Jack Black playing Jack Black. His personality will obviously come across a little bit in his roles but it seems as if he had picked up a guitar or adopted a wrestling mask, I would be none the wiser as to what Black film I’m watching. Negativity aside, Blanchett delivers a brilliant performance as you’d expect which young Vaccaro holds up against. Both actors seemed like they turned up to make the film the audience expected however sadly, the final product could have done with being wound up a little bit in an attempt to maintain my attention more. A confusing film to say the least and one I left cringing and feeling disappointed in equal measure. Unfortunately, for me, the dark ideas of Roth did not translate with a censorship in place and perhaps would have been better suited to Tim Burton’s style.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 5/10
Overall Rating: 5.25/10