I was invited to an exclusive blogger screening for The House With A Clock in its Walls hosted at Entertainment One’s HQ in London. I first saw the trailer for this movie when I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and was instantly sold, not to mention excited after finding out it’s based on a book by John Bellairs. I’m also a huge fan of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett so when the invite dropped into my inbox, I couldn’t turn it down. It’s full of everything I love, magic, scares, weird and funny. I can confirm it didn’t disappoint.
I arrived a little early so waited for Ana and Rachel before heading in. Before going into the screen there was a short wait in reception, we had a look round and found awards won by Robert Pattinson and Micheal Fassbender, which was pretty cool. We were given a bag of popcorn before going in and there were copies of the book on everyone’s seat. I’ve been dying to read it since I found out it was a book.
The movie started shortly after six, I was hooked from the start. It’s about Lewis Barnavelt, recently orphaned and sent to live with his uncle Jonathan, who is a rather eccentric warlock. Soon after his arrival Lewis notices the house isn’t what it seems. Evil Warlock, Isaac Izzard died performing dark magic, killing his wife, Selena. Also leaving a clock in the walls of the house, ticking down for reasons no one knows. Lewis, Jonathan and badass witch friend, Florence race against time to locate the clock and try to prevent the events triggered by it’s last dong.
I loved everything about this film, from the cast to funny moments with an armchair and topiary bush. The relationship between Lewis, Uncle Jonathan and Florence is heartwarming and brought a smile to my face throughout. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it. I highly recommend seeing this asap, I’m already planning my next trip to the cinema after reading the book! I have my fingers crossed for a movie for the second book.
Thank you so much to Tina and Ro at Piccadilly Press for the invite, book and popcorn and Entertainment One for hosting, I had a wonderful evening!