‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ Review

Washington Free Beacon | 9/21/2018 | Sonny Bunch
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BY: Sonny Bunch

The House with a Clock in Its Walls, the adaptation of a beloved children's book, is directed by Eli Roth. The same Eli Roth who made the Hostel movies, which practically defined the term "torture porn," as well as Cabin Fever and the recent Death Wish reboot and the cannibalism-oriented eco-horror film The Green Inferno. The same Eli Roth who played the baseball-bat-wielding Bear Jew in Inglourious **** and directed Knock Knock, a film in which Keanu Reeves is first seduced and then tortured by a pair of naughty school girls.

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In other words, Roth is, perhaps, not the first person you might think of to bring a PG-rated young adult fantasy movie to the big screen. But he was an inspired choice: The House with a Clock in Its Walls has a slick competence and cleverness to it that will appeal to adults looking for an afternoon activity with their kids and has just enough menace lurking under the surface to make the film tense but not terrifying for younger viewers.

Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is headed off to live with his crazy uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) following the untimely death of his parents in a car crash. He's an odd duck, having traveled by bus to his new home with little more than a Magic 8 Ball and a dictionary (he likes learning new words) and a pair of goggles that make him look like a refugee from a film about fighter aces set during World War One.

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As an odd duck, Lewis will fit right in with Jonathan and his (platonic) purple-preferring pal, Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett). Jonathan is a warlock, Florence is a witch, and the pair are happy to initiate Lewis into the world...
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