A light popcorn entertainer!
Goosebumps fails to give you what its name promises. Or wait….maybe it didn’t promise anything in the first place. More of a tribute to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. The movie is a very light comedy which banks on its sheer adventurous story to work. It does work though but not exactly the way you wanted it to.
With a fantastical plot where characters pop out of books into the real world, it basically gives you the idea where things are headed. But when you don’t slip in logic or even try to give a proper explanation things begin to go downhill.
What is quite surprising about the movie is the fact that it manages to hold on, even when things don’t. Both direction and editing of the movie have been done brilliantly. Helmed by Rob Letterman this flick has proper focus and runs at a great pace. There is slight comedy hurled hither and thither to make things jovial, which keeps the theme upbeat.
Jack Black plays Stine, the renowned author. But here you see a different version of the Jack you used to know. He is a non-comical recluse holding a dire secret. Both Dylan and Odeya are delightful to watch and have been complemented well by the remaining crew.
If you love dark, this isn’t a movie for you. You might want things to go out of hand and to an extremity like in Cabin in the Woods. However, this movie makes everything seem pretty normal. Adrenaline doesn’t pump much. Love looks mediocre. Loss doesn’t bring tears. Proper thought hasn’t been given in that department. Almost reminds you of all those Disney flicks they make!
Quite childish this movie, if you ask me! Kids are gonna love it though!