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The House With A Jack Black In Its Walls

Alex Wilson, Entertainment Writer

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‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ came out in theaters September 21, 2018. It features famous actor and comedian Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and child actor Owen Vaccaro who has featured in both ‘Daddy’s Home’ films and another movie called ‘Mother’s Day’. The movie is still in theaters, it being the first week of October 2018, and is considered a child’s film as the main character, Lewis Barnavelt, is a child and is featured throughout the entire movie. Others have high hopes for it, however, considering that Jack Black is featured in the movie. A counter to that argument would be ‘Goosebumps’, a movie that came in 2015 that also featured Jack Black, that was clearly a children’s movie as opposed to the more mature films that Jack Black prefers, like ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.

After watching the movie, I had mixed opinions. The story is original, but the plot is a little basic. An orphan is adopted by an estranged uncle, the uncle turns out to be magical, the orphan is taught by the uncle, and now there is an evil being trying to destroy humanity and the orphan boy is the only one who can stop it. As basic seeming the story may sound, the movie somehow works in an unexpected fashion. The actors combined with the setting and plot devices make it a likable movie.

The actors’ performances are great, although too much of Owen Vaccaro will make you scream as his excitable, high-pitched voice, blunt manner, and childish naivety start to irritate even the most patient watcher. Jack Black is as great as ever and provides many jokes throughout the movie that make the entire movie worth it. Cate Blanchett played her character very well, and her reactions to her character’s background stories were very realistic and seemingly sincere. All of that being said, there were times that I would have preferred leaving the theater than watching the very corny scenes playing out before me.

Overall, the movie has great actors, magical CGI, and an okay plot, but it is definitely a children’s movie. That being said, I would recommend watching the movie when you having nothing to do for an hour and a half. ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ is a movie that you can watch with your baby cousins or nephews/nieces, or maybe even when you’re in a long car ride with nothing else to do.

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