THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS is a halloween-themed movie based on the 1973 JUVENILE mystery novel written by John Bellairs.

Anything that’s “Halloween-Themed” is okay in my books but you can’t help but expect more from a Dreamworks and Amblin Entertainment collaboration – so in that aspect, this film is a bit average.

Although having the same underlying theme as Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts, one must understand that this is based on a juvenile fiction written in the 70’s so of course you wouldn’t expect it to have a story line that’s as engaging and “millennial-worthy” as the ones written by JK Rowling.

Rowling finished her first Harry Potter book in 1995, more than two decades after “The House with a Clock in its Walls” goes out on the shelves. In principle, this book has tilled the lands where the Harry Potter series is to be planted.

I have not read the book yet, but like in most cases, I assume that the book has more substance than the film adaptation – or at least I would like to think so.

Because I am not too satisfied with how director Eli Roth have presented this on screen. It lacks oomph!

In summary, the film started with a great story in a dragging pace that moves towards an exciting cat-and-mouse adventure but with a dull and preposterous conclusion. It seems that the Eli Roth MAGIC doesn’t have enough power to sustain the excitement.

It’s not a bad film. It’s a great Halloween-themed movie for kids. Monster House is better. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett is awesome!

I wonder what this story would be like if they moved it to the serious side – like a PG 13 or even an R-rated horror movie. I wonder???

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