Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. – Sony
So I actually saw Goosebumps like a week ago but I’ve been lazy and put off writing this. On the bright side though, this assignment is complete for my New Media class. This blog was originally an assignment for school but I plan to keep up with it. Not to brag or anything but I did get a 94 on it. Anyways now that the assignment is over I am free to do whatever I want without any constraints. For example: fuck shit bitch dick mother fucker. Actually on second thought I probably shouldn’t talk like that in a review for a movie primarily aimed at children.
So Goosebumps is a light hearted family comedy written by Darren Lemke and directed by Rob Letterman. The film itself has relatively no real well none actors aside from Jack Black but there is a R.L. Stine cameo. Among Jack Black the cast included Dylan Minette who played the main character Zach, his best friend Champ was played by Ryan Lee. Holly from the television show The Office (Amy Ryan) played Zach’s mother, Jillian from the television show Workaholics played his aunt and comedian Ken Marino played a gym teacher.
Jack Black really stole the show playing R.L. Stine, the writer of Goosebumps, Slappy and the Invisible Boy. Jack Black provided many of laughs especially as Slappy who served as the primary antagonist of the film. Champ gives Slappy a run for his money with laughs though. Champ is Zach’s new friend upon movie to town, he is just a really goofy kid, upon meeting Zach he actually gives him a business card with all his info such as twitter handle and phone number, something I found quite humorous. He also just has great one liners and just does other goofy stuff that’ll make you laugh.
As someone who lived off of Goosebumps books and the television show of the same name as a child I enjoyed this movie. When I was younger Goosebumps scared the crap out of me especially the book Stay Out of the Basement. To this day the cover of that book still gives me chills.
The television show also scared the crap out of me, watching it now makes me laugh at how cheesy it is. I’m pretty sure one Ryan Gosling’s first acting jobs was on Goosebumps, there were a few more big names that got their start on Goosebumps. The show was awesome and still is. I sometimes watch it on Netflix as my daily dose of nostalgia.
Goosebumps is obviously a movie targeted towards children but I believe it can still be found enjoyable by all ages. One of the great thing about the movies was the adult jokes hidden throughout the film, perhaps my favorite part in the movie is when R.L. Stine is in his home theater room with police officers. Stine says something along the lines of being an audiophile and one of the officer pulls her gun on him and the other officer proceeds to explain that an audiophile is an aficionado of sound.
The monster designs in this film were relatively bland but that sort of goes along with the old television show plus if the monsters were too realistic, they would probably frighten children too much. Aside from the monster design the plot was nothing really special and didn’t answer all the questions I had. What bothered me the most was the film never told us how the monsters become real other than saying they came out of the book one day, which bugged me through-out the whole movie. All and all though I found the movie enjoyable and fun to watch.
I give Goosebumps a 5.5 out of 10, would watch again.