Synopsis: 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.
Review: Based on the popular R.L. Stine kids books. ‘Goosebumps’ is a movie that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Jack Black shines as reclusive write R.L. Stine who has become a prisoner of his own imagination.
The film starts when Zack Cooper moves in next door to Stine and Hannah who we naturally assume is his daughter. When Hannah befriends Zack trouble soon follows when a monster escapes from one of her fathers books.
The only way they can kill the monster is by opening the book in front of it so it can be taken in by the pages. This sets up how Stine hooks up with the kids to go on the mother of monster hunts.
The monsters are great and a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the main monster was ventriloquist dummy with a serious attitude question. I always suspected those things were evil.
Much like the books on which the movie is based. The story has a fair few twists and turns before we get to an ending. But the core of the film is made up of some fantastic acting from all concerned. Jack Black is superbly cast and plays it beautifully. Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette have wonderful chemistry as the young teens that seem to have a doomed romance.
Although the movies story is not the most original it is still good fun as an adventure romp.
The characters were all wonderfully acted and the monsters were an absolute treat.
Like all great ‘Goosebumps’ stories. The film ends with a twist.
‘Goosebumps’ is available now as a rental on most Video On Demand services. It’s the perfect film to entertain the kids on a rainy day. Even us grown up kids.
- Visual Effects9.1
- Incidental Music8.5