director Eli Roth
viewed: 09/29/2018 at AMC Metreon 16, SF, CA
I hadn’t any plan to see Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls. But this weekend both my teenagers (14 & 17) voiced rare interest in a sojourn downtown to watch a movie. Days of taking children to movies are rapidly elapsing, so I jumped at the opportunity.
Years back, I’d actually bought a copy of John Bellairs’s 1973 children’s novel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which I had discovered since the cover illustration was by Edward Gorey. Another great children’s author, who we enjoyed a good deal was Joan Aiken, who also had Edward Gorey art on all her books. A sign of quality I assumed.
Interestingly, I never got to read the book to the kids, though my son did read it. Another fun parental practice lost to me is reading to my kids.
So, the movie: Jack Black is somewhat restrained. I’ll take Cate Blanchett in anything. It’s even got a little Kyle MacLachlan for you.
It seems the most fun went into designing the sets and the house and possibly cramming as much darkness and scary stuff into a PG package as possible. I guess as long as you don’t say fuck or shit, almost anything flies.
A decent time was had by all.