Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Duration: 103 minutes
India Release Date: 30-OCT-2015
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, Hannah, and Zach’s friend Champ (Ryan Lee) to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Goosebumps is the kind of fun, family entertainment that isn’t made much anymore. The essential storyline is, monsters are released from R.L. Stine’s manuscripts and cause mayhem through the town and main leads attempt to put an end to the madness. The film manages to tell a story of its own from its characters and it manages to find its own heart and sense of fun to its own story, which makes it quite entertaining and surprisingly heartwarming. It does have quite a few jump in your sit moments, but no real scare, as we’re never allowed to forget that these are unreal monsters. Goosebumps is a little messy, but overall it’s still all out fun.
Performance & Technical Review:
The actors do a decent job throughout, and Jack Black really excels as R.L. Stine. Aside from him, the main cast is made up of relative unknowns, however they do an adequate job. The cinematography and special effects are amazing. The monsters look great and have a lot of detail. Background music is not scary but good and soothes to ear.
It’s a good fun ride, good jokes (most of the time) and non stop action. Film may not have a good story-line but it offers something arguably better: Goosebumps of delight. I will give this film Three Goosebumps out of Five. A Decent Halloween Adventure Weekend.
Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
VFX / Animation: 4 on 5