Robbie K back with another movie review, this time on the latest kid movie that hopes to bring families together and add some magic to their lives. Yet, in this day and age, much is unsure about if the movie can survive when champions like Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, and Star Wars holds. Hopefully I can answer some of these questions, as we provide an abbreviated review of:
Movie: The House With A Clock In Its Wall (2018)
Nice Make Up and Costumes
Charming and Cute
More Character Development
More Use of The Magic Antics
Darker Than Intended
A few times oversteps Comedic Boundaries
A Little More Investment In Other Aspects
In regards to this movie, it’s an adorable, fun adventure loaded with comedy and adventure to get little ones excited at the possible magic. Much of this has to do with the impressive visuals, design, special effects, and of course the costumes that they sport. As the world is built up in terms of all the fun merchandising, the main trio are fantastic, utilizing amazing chemistry they really bring the impromptu family dynamic to full force, complementing each other to strengthen the quirks of each member. To help tie so many things together, there is a sense of mystery to be had that brings the adventure part, helping bring out the character development that you want, but never really leaving the search for the supposed clock that dwells within.
Yet, with how much fun I had with the movie, there are still some areas of improvement that would make the film even better for me. For one it’s the character development, which while there, holds so much mystery behind it and could have further strengthened the key pillar for me. As this movie is primarily about the training of magic, I believe I would have liked to see more of the world and spells that the warlocks knew. They again hint at the wonders they have, but unlike Harry potter, the lacking budget limited the visual portrayal of the powers, leading to disappointing action sequences. In addition, exercise caution, because this movie dives into darker, more occult like bouts that could be a little too much for the younger age groups, primarily in disturbing them or causing nightmares at the least. These darker themes sometimes overstep their boundaries, and the comedy too can follow in those footsteps to get a bit annoying.
Overall though, the movie did accomplish the goal of storytelling, fun, and magic balance and really leaving me fulfilled with how much fun it brought. Despite all this though, the movie’s dive into darker territory may limit the audience who can attend as well as limits the amount of magic one gets to see. There is a lot of potential to take this anticlimactic finisher and expand upon everything, but the Clock will need to keep ticking to find even better use of technology to expand upon the tricks of the trade. So therefore, exercise caution in taking your little one, but unless you are looking for the best movie this week, this film is better left reserved for the RedBox.