THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (PG)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

A MAGIC RES­I­DENCE IN NEED OF A GOOD TOCK­ING TOO, US, 105 MIN A fam­ily-friendly(ish) af­fair re­leased just in time for the school hol­i­days, The House with a Clock in Its

Walls is an en­dear­ingly odd mash-up of some tried-and-true el­e­ments. What mostly comes to mind is a mildly Amer­i­can­ised Harry Pot­ter ad­ven­ture, and any old Goose­bumps tale you can’t quite re­call. The house in the ti­tle is a School of Witch­craft and War­lock­ery, run by a kooky spell-caster named Jonathan Bar­navelt (Jack Black). The only stu­dent on the books is his 10year-old or­phan nephew Lewis (Owen Vac­caro), and the only other teacher on staff is nonon­sense en­chantress Florence Zim­mer­man (Cate Blanchett). As for the clock in the walls, that’s been planted there as a para­nor­mal prank by Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLach­lan), the for­mer owner of the hap­pily haunted home. This de­ceased gent may or may not be leav­ing the lo­cal grave­yard to look up his old ad­dress soon. With the pro­duc­tion du­ties be­ing han­dled by Steven Spiel­berg’s Am­blin com­pany, the spe­cial­ef­fects work here is top notch. How­ever, it should be men­tioned that some fan­tasy se­quences may be too fright­en­ing for some younger view­ers.

JACK BLACK, OWEN VAC­CARO AND CATE BLANCHETT STAR IN THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS.

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