There is no better class of film than one that takes you back and fills you with nostalgia and happiness.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls has all the visual effects of a modern film, but all the sensibilities of an old-time adventure film, the the vein of the fantastical Wizard of Oz.
Though it will never reach the heights of that classic, this film was an entertaining spectacle that deserves all kinds of praise.
Jack Black (on a roll lately) gives another wonderful performance in a more muted style than his usual off-the-wall humour. It’s a great addition to his lexicon, and shows the range I’ve known he’s had for years.
Cate Blanchett is great here, as usual, and it’s nice to see her flexing her skills in a film not billed as Oscar-bait.
Most surprisingly, perhaps, is that Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth foregoes his horror roots to director this children’s film, and provides perhaps one of the most commercial (and thoroughly enoyable) films in his repertoire.
I really loved this movie, and it didn’t take itself too seriously. It’s one for the whole family, and I can almost guarantee you’ll find a ton of fun here.