We had a heck of a time deciding what movie to watch as a family on Friday night, but we eventually decided on Goosebumps. We had all heard mostly positive things about it, and so we plunged in. I actually had never read any of the Goosebumps books growing up, but I knew about them. They’re one of the most prolific series of books out there, so it’s hard not to have heard of them.
The movie starred Jack Black as the author R. L. Stine, the actual author of Goosebumps. He is a recluse in a small town, hiding away because of his power to make the stories he writes come to life. Needless to say this is where the main plot of the movie kicks off, with the heroes discovering his secret, after accidentally letting all of the monsters out of their books.
The movie was actually really fun, and well put together. The visual effects brought the monsters to life in a way that made them seem real, but yet not quite of this world. Jack Black was great as always, and the young high school heroes were portrayed with a lot of authenticity. The plot is pretty easy to figure out from the start, but it was a lot of fun to watch it unfold. The ending of course has a nice twist to it.
Overall, a fun flick and worth the rental price for a Friday night family movie night.