Now this was an interesting experience. The House with a clock in it's walls is based off the 1973 book by John Bellairs. The story is about a boy named Lewis who's parents recently died in a car accident and his mysterious Uncle Johnathan becomes his legal guardian. Johnathan has been hiding secrets from Lewis due to the fact that he is a warlock who is trying to find a magical clock hidden inside his house that has enough power to reset time. Back in 4th grade my class did an after school book club and we read the novel together as a group, I don't remember much from it and I never got a chance to finish it because I had to leave cause I had to go to Sylvan to get school help.
This was a fun movie to watch and I was looking forward to it because the trailers looked absolutely gorgeous. The magic, the fantasy, the suspense I am very glad to have seen this one in theaters. Jack Black was very funny in this film (just like his other films) and he got a few laughs out of me. Some jokes were a little cringey like the scene with Johnathan turning into a baby and the running gag with the lion pooping in someone's face. This was a creative story and what I liked most about it was the plot of Issac Izard trying to turn back time so that he can erase the horrible events he witnessed from World War 2, that to me brought out the best in the movie and really built up most of the suspense. Now I love suspense because that is what makes movies so exciting to watch cause you are just eager to see how it will end, to show how the characters will save the day, and where the story will go.
Although there are still a few flaws I want to point out, and the best one would have to be with Lewis's parents. There isn't exactly enough character depth between Lewis's relationship with his mom and dad before they died, the only special bond we get to see between them is the magic 8 ball that they gave Lewis. I feel like they could've expanded a little bit more on Lewis's mother and father. The start of the movie could've shown more of what they were like before they died and how much they loved and cared for Lewis. I also feel like some parts were too rushed, like if something happens in one minute the next everything completely changes. That is one major flaw I had with this film and I think it could've been done a little better. But I still think this movie was fun to watch and too me it just looks like a decent family film. It's funny, magical, a little sad at times, and I absolutely adored the suspense they were building up to with finding the clock. So on a percentage of 1 to 100 I give the House with a clock in it's walls a 80%