Goosebumps really excels at what it is. It is really funny to me. It gives me a lot of nostalgia from my childhood when I used to read R.L. Stine's books. The animation is really good too.
I liked that they chose Slappy, from "Night of the Living Dummy", as the main villain because that is definitely one of the strongest Goosebumps stories. I was a bit sad, though, that my favorites, "Say Cheese and Die" and "It Came from Beneath the Sink" were not included. I really appreciated how they chose to create an original storyline meshing together many of the Goosebumps stories instead of focusing on just one book, which would have felt too similar to the TV series.
Jack Black was very good as Slappy, but he overacted the role of Stine a bit. The biggest issue, even though it's still a pretty minor one, that I have with this movie is its predictability. The story is a normal "hero saves the day" tween movie, but that can be expected because of its target audience. There is also the obligatory teen romance, but it is actually bearable in this movie, unlike many other films.
Speaking as a fan of the books, I can say that this movie was extremely satisfying. I really enjoyed it and plan to make it a tradition to watch this every year around Halloween.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Many times.
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