So, for Halloween, I thought I’d mention that I finished Goosebumps over the weekend (well, not really–it turns out that GB is on the list to go away from Netflix’s library in Nov). As I had seen about ⅓ of the movie, I wanted to finish it before it left, so I watched it over the weekend. I have to say that I liked it. It was more fun than I thought it would be.
It is the quintessential Young Adult movie with a few scary elements. It actually reminds me a lot of the Spiderwick Chronicles and Inkheart. It has a lot of heart and isn’t a cynical cash grab like some other “YA franchise films.” Some of the students at my old Middle School really loved this film, but it has enough for adults too.
Without spoilers, basically, the movie is a “What if?” scenario: What if R. L. Stine was real (well, he is real, but real in the movie’s world) and the monsters in his books were also real and can literally leap off the page? It takes some of the most famous characters and books from Stine’s work and creates CGI monsters to bedevil our protagonists. There’s not a lot of teen angst and the love story is “sweet” (not saccharine, but really nice one that actually has a basis in the plot of the movie). That being said, there are a couple of cringe-worthy moments that kids won’t mind, but adults will roll their eyes at, but on the whole it is a fun movie. And, to be honest, the movie earned major cool points with me for having Jack Black’s R. L. Stine character take on Stephen King on who’s a scarier writer and a better bestseller. The scene is small, less than two minutes of screen time, but it was a nice Easter Egg for a former Bookseller/Librarian Assistant like myself who sold/checked out countless Goosebumps books.
Overall Grade: B (Above Average)
Here’s hoping everyone has a fun (& safe) Halloween!