UK release date: 5/2/16
Runtime: 103 minutes
Directed by: Rob Letterman
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Jillian Bell
The film opens with a brilliant music score that immediately puts you in the mind of Goosebumps. In fact, my favourite part of the entire film is the music score. It’s excellent!
The beginning is a little awkward as if they didn’t quite find the balance of setting up the film and getting on with the fun stuff.
The pace is off throughout the whole film and there isn’t much story because of this. (The cliche romance is there. WHY? What kid wants to watch that?)
But! The monsters are fantastic and great fun and while it wasn’t scary to me, I think it was the right mix of being just frightening enough for the viewers it’s aimed at.
There were ALOT of monsters in this film. On one hand, that’s brilliant. The other is that you only got a moment or two with them. I also think it may encourage some to actually pick one of the books, which would be fantastic!
I found Jack Black to brilliant, really committing to the role, but, to be honest, he’s one of those actors I tend to like in anything. And his jokes were the only things I laughed at.
The three teenagers were good too. I can imagine them in a goosebumps horror. My favourite of the kids is Champ (Ryan Lee). We are all that kid. At least I am, I’m definitely not a Zach.
I would have liked Hannah (Odeya Rush) and Zach (Dylan Minnette) more if they hadn’t fell into cliche roles.
Adults will most likely find this alright to watch, but nothing special. For kids, I think it’s the perfect introduction to the horror genre and maybe to encourage those reluctant readers. I know I’m going to pick up R. L. Stine’s books!
Was it worth the watch? For children, it would be. Me? No.
Would I re-watch? No
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