Interest Level: Intermediate
Main Performers: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan, Renée Elise Goldsberry
Director: Eli Roth
Run Time: 105 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
Lewis, an orphaned boy, arrives at the mysterious home of his uncle. Magic soon begins to reveal itself as his uncle Johnathan and family friend Florence race to discover what will happen when the final gong sounds for the clock in the walls. Lewis tries unsuccessfully to make friends at school and his efforts complicate matters when he raises the clockmaker Isaac Izzard from the dead. The movie becomes a race between Lewis, Johnathan, and Florence to prevent Isaac and his wife, Selena, from destroying the world.
The sets are gorgeous and the premise intriguing, but there is a flaw in the direction that prevents viewers from connecting with the characters. Johnathan, Lewis, and Florence are all well acted and it is difficult to put a finger on exactly what is missing in the plot or the characters, but it does feel as if something is missing that keeps the movie from being great. The set and special effects are well done and overall it is a delightful tale of fun and magic. It's a good source of entertainment, but it just isn't amazing.