Sony’s new Goosebumps movie is retro in more ways than one — a loose adaptation of R.L. Stine’s ’90s kiddie horror novels, yes, but also a refreshingly earnest family flick that feels like it was produced during the same period as its source material. Basically, it’s Jumanji meets The Pagemaster, with a few postmodern flourishes — a movie designed to appeal to both 21st century kids and their nostalgic young parents.

And mostly, it works.

Rather than adapting any one Goosebumps story, screenwriter Darren Lemke dreams up a tale about a cute but bland city kid named Zach (Dylan Minnette) who moves to the suburbs and quickly becomes infatuated with Hannah, the girl next door (Odeye Rush). Read more…

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