Synopsis: There are some books that should never be opened. Or at least that’s the premise behind Goosebumps, which follows a teenager who teams up with Stine’s daughter after he opens a book and starts a cascade of big bads being released upon the town.
Tagline: You will believe in monsters.
Release Date: 2015-10-16 | MPAA Rating: PG | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Though I had to poke and cajole Miss L for a solid month to consent to watching it with me, when we finally did sit down to watch it, I only had to tell her to sit still once. We made a pillow-fort on the floor and zoned out together for almost the whole movie. She thoroughly approved of it. I came close.
Goosebumps suffers from one problem that keeps it from being an awesome movie that both kids and adults can enjoy. That problem is… well, its Jack Black, not to put too fine a point on it. As usual Black overacts to the point of absolute stupidity, though it comes through this time in that freaking ridiculous accent that comes and goes. His part needed to be played stern and straight, and he apparently decided it needed to be funnier? It… didn’t. He should have left the voice alone. Let the movie be the star, don’t try so desperately hard to shine bright that you end up looking like a buffoon. Its not that he’s not talented, because I genuinely think he is. He just tries too hard.
Dylan Minnette does a great job as Zach. One of my favorite scenes is actually fairly early on, and its nothing more than a conversation between him, his mother, and his aunt. He perfectly nails the awkward teenage boy associating with relatives that think they’re cool. Odeya Rush seemed a little too perfect, but had a perfectly valid explanation for it, so she was enjoyable to watch overall. Ryan Lee and the rest of the cast did a good job as supporting actors.
I was actually initially concerned that my kid would be scared, but it became obvious that there was nothing to worry about. There’s the barest hint of blood from a scratch at one point, and while its obvious that people do get hurt, its done in a tasteful way that won’t concern or upset young viewers. We both loved the gigantic praying mantis, and laughed our butts off when the robots were on screen. Overall, Goosebumps was a great PG-rated movie to enjoy with the family. Click here to rent or buy Goosebumps now on Amazon.com