I had been looking forward to seeing this ever since I heard the rumours that Jack Black would play R.L Stine. Goosebumps were some of my favourite books as a kid and I couldn’t wait to see some of the more interesting characters coming to life on screen. I was right to be excited, it was a great film with a really clever idea that the original books are looked to keep the monsters inside but about Zack (Dylan Minnette) from next door opens one (or two) all hell breaks loose in Madison. Someone who didn’t have a love for the books may find it a little confusing and probably not very good but the sense of nostalgia for me sold it. I’m desperate to watch it again now so I can look out for the little details that I missed the first time around, there is so much going on it will most definitely take more than one viewing to get the most from it.
This is the perfect (excuse the pun) film to watch with someone who is willing to listen to your predictions and disappointment when they are wrong while the film is on. Me and my best friend Claire spend the whole film ‘guessing’ what was going to happen next and shouting at Leah (Sanaa Lathan) for doing ridiculous things like being home alone when being stalked by a crazed psychopath (genius move!). The film was pretty average but the shear entertainment of the predictions and shouting at the screen made it totally worthwhile, it was reminiscent of the first time I watched Scream or I know what you did last summer.
I’ve never been Amy Schumer’s biggest fan, I don’t really find her humour that funny to be honest, however people seem to love her and find her hilarious so I thought I would give Trainwreck a go in the hopes that it wouldn’t be just another rom-com. I was wrong….it was just another rom-com, they tried to make it different by having the female lead, Amy (Amy Schumer) be the one scared to commit, sleeping around and generally being a not so nice person and Aaron (Bill Hader) the one who falls to quickly for the wrong person. I don’t even need to go into the rest as its as predictable as it is unfunny, there were a couple of chuckle moments but not enough to make it any different from any other comedy. Here’s the kicker, I usually like the ‘bad guy’ in a rom com and I will them to change for the ‘good guy’ and become a better person, but in this I disliked Amy so much that I just wanted Aaron to run screaming for the hills and find someone…anyone better. Predictable story, unlikeable characters and they forgot to put the com in rom-com!