There is more to Jack Black than his role in School of Rock (2003) and yet it is the one that I most closely associate with him.
The film is one that I, along with many other a millennial grew up alongside, and it’s the one that comes to mind whenever his name reappears in the enamoured world of Hollywood.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a substantial shift away from Jack Black’s usual comic roles.
In this new world of fantasy he plays a warlock – a quirky, charismatic warlock – but a warlock nonetheless.
Starring alongside him is an all-time favourite actress of mine, Cate Blanchett, and Daddy’s Home (2015) and Mother’s Day (2016) child star, Owen Vaccaro.
Owen plays the orphaned nephew of Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black), and along with the mysterious neighbour, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), the odd trio must use their magic to find the clock hidden within the walls of Barnavelt’s home and destroy it.
Though I am usually quite the fan of fantasy, this one looks a little outside my realm of enjoyment.
Having watched the trailer (and subsequently been made witness to the spooky mechanical dolls brought to life), the only reason I’d give this film a shot is because of my admiration for Cate Blanchett.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a film that my younger self would have thoroughly enjoyed, that’s for sure.
However, what with me now being ‘all grown up,’ it doesn’t quite feel like my jam anymore.
This movie is one that will appeal directly to the kids of the movie-going world, and since that’s clearly the target audience, I’d say director Eli Roth hasn’t done too poor of a job.
The film is due out in cinemas on 21 September 2018, check out the trailer below.