Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

[SPOILERS] Plot: Basically, it’s the board game but as a video game and involves four main characters eventually joined by a fifth who get sucked into a sequel. The cast includes: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.  Very cleverly done,after being stuck in detention- the teenage characters (Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain and Morgan Turner) are transported into their chosen video game characters. Once in Jumanji, the characters take a little time to figure out what’s happened and soon Spencer, Bethany, Fridge and Martha (The names in the film) begin exploring their roles. Bethany picks the curvy cartographer who turns out to be Jack Black and watching him as well as the others pretend to be teenagers surprisingly works really well. This does leave a bit less time for the real-life characters to show their acting talents but it works well. Anyhow, as you can imagine, there are so many levels to complete for the team to save Jumanji from a curse after the eye of Jumanji was stolen. They go through various levels and the in-game character are polar opposites to their real-life selves which only makes it better to watch.

Nick Jonas arrives later on as ‘the missing piece’. He’s been stuck in there for 22 years, throwing a little nod back to the original but the film isn’t really for the nostalgic ones but more the younger audience to watch popular actors go on an adventure pretty much.

Eventually, they reach the final level and defeat the bad guy and his evil animals. It’s actually quite dramatic and tense towards the end which doesn’t allow you to take your eyes off the screen meaning that you end up having that clenching feeling when you just want them to win and not get stuck in Jumanji. Sad I know. They do and return to real-life where Nick Jonas’ character, Alex, was thrown out back in 1995 so he’s all grown up which creates a nice, little reunion. Some of them end up together and it’s a happy ending.

What was good: It doesn’t rely heavily on watching the previous one and you could easily watch it without seeing it which made the younger audience more inclined. Actions scenes and humour was great and I genuinely enjoyed watching it.

What Was Bad: Could of done with a few more levels for a more realistic game experience but with the time the film ran and the nods to Jumanji being a video game, they did well out of it.

Watch again?: Yes, but only once in a while. Isn’t a modern day classic but has potential to be up there, especially after such a good box office. Definitely recommend seeing the film as it can be suitable for literally any age.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) on IMDb 7.3/10

TRoaW: 7.4/10

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