Sweetly spooky and playfully over-the-top, the adaptation of R.L. Stine’s kiddie horror fiction is not too adult-friendly but should be a hit among the little ones. While the comedy might be broad and the plot disposable, there’s something to be said about a fluid, unpretentious piece of escapist entertainment. Black is reliably, endearingly kooky, lowering your guard towards something that doesn’t have the wit or wow factor of Jumanji, but seems like fun anyway.
Goosebumps | Directed by Rob Letterman (USA, Australia 2015) with Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush. Starts February 4
Originally published in issue #146, February 2016.