Directed by Rob Letterman
Written by Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, and Larry Karaszewski
Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, Jillian Bell, and Halston Sage
Goosebumps is an adaptation of R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name. Well, it uses the various monsters Stine had created for his books rather than adapt any specific book from the series. A novel approach for the adaptation, considering the number of books contained in the Goosebumps series. However, not a lot of time is spent with each of the monsters, and the various monsters feel like they are a fan service appearance rather than fully fleshed out antagonists.
Goosebumps is a movie meant for children, but there is certainly enjoyment in the film for older audiences. While the humor, for the most part, plays to the younger demographic that the movie intends to reach. The film does contain a sense of humor that works for a general audience. The fact that film can cross demographics is a credit to Jack Black. Black’s greatest strength throughout his career has been that he has been able to play to the younger audience in a way, which appeals to an older audience too.
Overall, Goosebumps is a film that will be entertaining for the kids, and pleasing to the adults, the result being a film that an audience of all ages can enjoy.