It was an average Monday night at the movies. The concession lines were long and slow but the popcorn was well worth the wait. The theater was filled with families and couples and everyone was waiting for the lights to go down.
I settled into my chair and shared my popcorn with my date. I honestly didn't have high expectations (it's a "kids" movie after all), but I was hoping to at least have a little fun. The announcements came to an end, the theater guests applauded the several cast members who had joined us and the lights went out.
Within moments, I was grinning. In a minute, I was laughing out loud. Later, I would jump and get that wonderful crawly, grossed out feeling that comes from a great horror vision. Everything from creepy ventriloquist dummies to killer clowns and aliens came out to play in Goosebumps.
You don't have to be a Goosebumps fan to love this movie. I hadn't had contact with the Goosebumps books since I stocked the shelves of my classroom with them almost twenty years ago. I didn't recognize all of the monsters and their roles in the books, but the film was careful to make sure that my lack of knowledge didn't affect my enjoyment.
Jack Black as R.L. Stine was great, but the real stars were Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee. These young actors gave the audience exactly what they wanted. Smart, funny delivery of great lines, physical humor, and even a little romance-though the little boy seated beside me didn't seem to care for the kissing parts.