In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson,
Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.
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Jonathan's last name is Barnavelt, the same as Lewis. But it's revealed that Jonathan is Lewis' maternal uncle, so Jonathan should have Lewis' mother's maiden name as his last name, not Barnavelt. See more »
I can give you the right books, teach you the right spells, but that last 1%, that's up to you.
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There are two credits in the closing credits regarding the sentient objects: "Griffin tamer - Chair" and "Chair hair and makeup - Griffin". See more »
Young orphan Lewis moves into a creepy house with an uncle he's never known. Uncle Jonathon is relaxed around setting rules for Lewis but why does he keep so many clocks? Why does he carry an axe at night? Mysterious things start to happen and soon the least of Lewis' problems will be fitting in at a new school.
Jack Black casts his movie magic over this yarn to bring us another jewel of great family entertainment. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is fun throughout. Cate Blanchett plays the straight-man to Jack's buffoon and the banter between them is superb. Owen Vaccaro does the new boy in school and the eager apprentice really well. The awkward sobbing-over-his-parent's-death scene could have been cut; we didn't need it. I trust we'll see a lot more of Owen, hopefully in the same character too. The story is not going to surprise or shock anyone but it serves well enough as the canvas for some great characters, good CGI and nice action.
Everyone will enjoy this movie, even those who can't sit still for ten minutes.
Originally penned to be released around September 20th the film actually had multiple screenings per day (at least in the UK) on the 15th and 16th. There are twelve books in the Lewis Barnavelt series written between 1973 and 2008. The first three books are the best but all of them are set in the 1950s so if Amblin are going to make any more the producers need to get a move on before Owen grows up.
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