Goosebumps - Movie Review

Oct 26, 2015
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Pitching a humor-filled Goosebumps story to the big screen is a hard sell for moviegoers, especially when you have this property that is so beloved by everyone. But to think of it, these stories, written by R.L. Stine, are not short for cheesiness and fun. I think that is what makes this film Goosebumps succeed in so many ways is how it treat its audience. The audience surely knows what they are entering into here, that it's a kids flick and not the spooky, dark tone the Stine books brought, based on the marketing this movie lays out. It's not dumb and stupid either, which makes this movie as one of the year's most pleasant surprises.
Jack Black plays R.L. Stine, who has kept his identity out of everyone's interest because of the Goosebumps manuscripts he had in his cabinet. A boy who just moved in the neighborhood and his friend accidentally opened one of these books, including Slappy the Dummy, who immediately opened all of the other books which resulted to the monsters contained in the story unleash out of the pages and brings threat to the town.

I honestly swear 'Goosebumps' will turn out to be terrible. And you already have a sense of it happening on the first act of the movie, which is a cliched boy moving in the neighborhood, embarrassing first day at new school, an annoying relative. You know, everything you already expect of it to do until it slowly lurks on you and to my shock I was having a really fun time with it. As soon as the monsters gets released, everything just moves so fast and the movie just flew by because you are having too much laughs and thrills with it.
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My major concern with it is the CGI of the monsters. Slappy the Dummy was done practically, and the filmmakers could have done ways to make the others the same, or more believable the least. The humor was also really good, the Stephen King references was indeed the best part of the movie, and watch out how R.L. Stine reacts to a kid who says the other Master of Horror was better than him.
Overall, 'Goosebumps' was a fantastic time at the movies. I had a really great time with it, probably because I had really low expectations with it. Jack Black was always a welcome treat on the big screen. The CGI of the monsters looked generic, and the movie was at times too cliched, but still you'll have a fun experience with it.

The geek rates it 7.5/10!

'Goosebumps' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Columbia Pictures Philippines!

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