When orphaned youngster Lewis (Owen Vacarro) is sent to live with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in the eponymous house, he quickly discovers his guardian is a warlock who offers to instruct him the art of magic, together with the neighbourhood witch, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett). He also learns the house was previously owned by a sorcerer, who has installed a doomsday device within the wall – and the clock is ticking… This period tale of witchcraft and wizardry delivers a nicely balanced mix of magic, mirth and malevolence, with the scarier moments offset by a goofiness only kids can love – namely an anthropomorphic armchair and a topiary griffin that poops leaves.
Release Date: December 19, 2018
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan
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