The House With a Clock in Its Walls

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Ready for another movie filled with magic and mystery? Then you should watch the new film called The House with a Clock in Its Walls. This movie is a family fantasy film that has grossed over $102 million dollars worldwide.
This movie is based off the 1973 novel with the same title by John Bellairs. The movie is set in 1955 and it follows a ten- year old boy named Lewis Barnavelt who after his parents die in a terrible car crash goes to live with his uncle, Johnathan Barnavelt (played by Jack Black) in New Zebedee, Michigan.
When Lewis arrives at his uncle’s he meets his uncle’s best friend, Florence Zimmerman (played by Cate Blanchett) From the first night Lewis spends in his uncle’s house he can tell that the old mansion is different from ordinary houses.
For one thing there is always a mysterious ticking noise that echoes through the house at night and each night the number of strokes of the clock decreases. Also, Lewis starts to see furniture and paintings moving throughout the house.
At his new school Lewis had a hard time fitting in until Tarby Corrigan (played by Sunny Suljic) befriended him. Little did Lewis know that Tarby only befriended him because he wanted to get votes to become class president.
Eventually, Lewis’s uncle Johnathan tells him that he is a practicing warlock and Florence is a witch. Johnathan agrees to teach Lewis how to become a warlock, but he says he has one rule. He tells Lewis that he must never open one of the cabinets in his study because it contains a forbidden book that has the ability to raise the dead.
Then Johnathan and Florence tell Lewis the story behind the clock in the house. They say that the previous owners of the house were an evil warlock named Isaac Izard (played by Kyle MacLachlan) and his wife Selena (played by Renee Elise Goldsberry). They put the clock in the house and no one knows what it does when it stops ticking.
Back at school, after Tarby is elected class president he stops pretending to be friends with Lewis. In order to show Tarby that he is worthy of his friendship, Lewis tells Tarby that he is a warlock and he offers to prove it to him. Tarby goes to Lewis’s house after school and he convinces Lewis to open the cabinet in his uncle’s study that his uncle told him never to open.
The cabinet contains the forbidden book of necromancy and in order to show Tarby he can do magic Lewis says he will bring someone back from the dead, so Tarby and him go to the cemetery at night and Lewis unintentionally brings back the evil warlock, Isaac.
Lewis, Johnathan, and Florence have to work together to stop Isaac from carrying out his plan of turning back time with the clock to the very beginning. Will they succeed? Watch the movie to find out.
When I went to go see this movie it was amazing because it had a lot of suspense, action, and magic. I would definitely recommend this movie to anybody who likes fantasy films. I would especially recommend this movie for Harry Potter fans. According to the Internet Movie Database, this movie was rated a 6.2/10. I believe it deserved a 9/10.

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