Flash Movie Review: Goosebumps

When I see they have a book in their hand or I know they like to read books, I feel those people will understand me quicker. I hope that does not sound judgmental, but it just seems I do not have to explain myself as much to a book reader. Maybe I think like this because I know what type of affect books have on me. They take me on a trip to another place without ever leaving my seat. The words paint a picture inside of my mind that let me experience things outside of my daily life; in turn, these pictures are projected on the back of my retinas transporting me into the shadows of the characters and places. Another benefit of reading is the way stories’ conversations open up my mind. It is like my brain is always under construction as new roads are constantly being paved to lead me to undiscovered lands of thought. I have mentioned in the past how I like seeing the movie first before reading the book; it provides me the voices I need to keep the characters separate in my head. In a way I believe books have given me the tools to be a better storyteller. Where movies allow me an instant escape through a portal to a different place, books have a way of becoming our friends. Now when the two come together, well check it out for yourself in this adventure comedy. ย  ย Unhappy moving from a big city to a small town, the one plus to it for Zach, played by Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Let Me In), was having a cool neighbor named Hannah, played by Odeya Rush (The Giver, The Odd Life of Timothy Green), living next door to him. Unfortunately her father did not feel the same way towards Zach. This comedic horror film was based on the wildly popular Goosebump series, though I do not know how much the story in this film had in common with R.L Stine’s books. Surprisingly I liked Jack Black (King Kong, Bernie) in the role of R. L. Stine since I have not been a big fan of his in the past. The rest of the cast which also included Ryan Lee (Super 8, This is 40) as Champ was quite good. There was a lot of physical activity throughout the film, maybe a bit too much; though I thought the special effects were fun. For young kids this hectic pace will keep them entertained; I just wanted a few places where there could have been some down time before ramping up the pace again. Though I have not read the books, the story was easy to follow and I could see why these books were best sellers. After seeing this fantasy film I would like to read a couple of R.L. Stine’s books to compliment what I had just seen on the big screen.

 

2 2/3 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 19, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Those books were my childhood, so the movie will be a nice flashback to those days. ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. I haven’t read the series either although I knew it was very popular with kids. Thanks for the review!

  3. I had all the Goosebumps collections on my shelves for more than 25 years of my life. And now, my kids read those after they have the ability and skills to read, and they love it the way I did back then. My brother and I, had watched few of the Goosebumps films in the past when we were young and had much fun. Never that scary and it is suitable for kids. I do not like some children films today are way scarier than 10-20 years ago. I will watch this with my kids when the film come to Germany! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you for the comments. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts after you get to see the film and compare it to the books. Also, I love the way the stories have been handed down to your children.

  4. My older boys have read the Goosebumps books and loved them. My oldest read them obsessively, one a day, for a while a few years ago. I think we will definitely be going to see this movie. It’s good to know, therefore, that it’s good fun.

  5. And this is exactly what I think about books! Very interesting post๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for stopping by; I feel both mediums compliment each other. I like to see the film first before reading the book so I can keep the voices separate in my head. Keep up your fun site.

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