Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
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  • There is a lot to appreciate and little to dismiss of this sequel, reboot, remake or however you want to call Jumanji
  • The simple idea of a remake of Jumanji had been enough to infuriate the fans of the original 1995 movie, a blockbuster hit and one of the most appreciated movies by fans of the late Robin Williams
  • It doesn't matter what your opinion of Jumanji is, the truth is that the movie is one of the biggest hits of the actor, and one that occupies a special place in the hearts of many, including myself
  • In other words, the sentimental value given to this film had been the biggest obstacle of Sony Pictures, the director Jake Kasdan and Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who achieved what seemed impossible
  • It's a nostalgic journey filled with new memories that I found extremely enjoyable


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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 adventure comedy film that it’s a sequel to the 1995 movie Jumanji, based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The movie is set twenty-one years after the first film, and it follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, playing as the characters they chose. In the game they have to play until they win to be able to return home, with the help of a special friend.
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
  • There is a lot to appreciate and little to dismiss of this sequel, reboot, remake or however you want to call Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle, 22 years after the original. The simple idea of a remake of Jumanji had been enough to infuriate the fans of the original 1995 movie, a blockbuster hit and one of the most appreciated movies by fans of the late Robin Williams. It doesn’t matter what your opinion of Jumanji is, the truth is that the movie is one of the biggest hits of the actor, and one that occupies a special place in the hearts of many, including myself. In other words, the sentimental value given to this film had been the biggest obstacle of Sony Pictures, the director Jake Kasdan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who achieved what seemed impossible: a film that respects what the original one did, has its own personality and has directed the franchise into new directions.

    Spencer (Alex Wolff) is not necessarily the most popular boy in school. In fact, he is the opposite. This is why Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), who was his best childhood friend, now only uses him to get good grades so he can continue playing football on the school team. It is this unbalanced relationship that leads them to be punished by the principal of the school with the famous detention. There, they will have to spend time with Bethany (Madison Iseman), a popular girl who can’t function without her phone; and Martha (Morgan Turner), the eternal “crush” of Spencer and exemplary student who refuses to practice sports and who could write a dissertation on the irrelevance of the Physical Education class. Without a good development of these characters, one of the most refreshing elements of this film would have been completely wasted. However, the script by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker takes the time to give depth and credibility to the relationship between them.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
  • Forced to be together, the group tries to kill time with Jumanji, a video game that immediately sucks and spits them in the jungle; the same jungle in which Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) spent 26 years before being released by Judy and Peter in the original movie. This is where the movie has fun, giving the characters the appearance and skills of the avatars they chose at the start of the game. The gentle Spencer is now a muscular and intrepid explorer (Dwayne Johnson); the athlete Fridge is now a small (literally) zoologist (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a teacher and cartographer with a few extra pounds (Jack Black); while the nonathletic Martha must play as an Amazon warrior (Karen Gillan).

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
  • One of the biggest changes that this continuation brings becomes its greatest success, as it gives actors, usually pigeonholed in the same type of role, the opportunity to leave their comfort zone and have fun while doing so. Although he continues to be the center of attention, Dwayne Johnson is convincing as the skinny and fearful guy trapped in the huge body of a genuine and daring adventurer. Like the plastic and narcissistic girl, who has never spent a single day in nature and away from technology, Jack Black has more fun than any other, but avoids falling into the exaggerated clowning that characterizes him.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
  • Kevin Hart’s comedy fans will get exactly what they came for, yes, that includes jokes about his height and disadvantage in contrast to the others. In addition, followers of the Scottish Karen Gillan (from Guardians of the Galaxy) will find refreshing to see the actress playing with comedy after having made the leap to Hollywood with more serious roles. Although she lacks the complexity of a lot of her other roles, Martha is memorable on her own merits, combining Gillan’s skills for comedy with her charming physique and personality.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 adventure comedy film)
  • The videogame element is more than a gimmick in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, it integrates in the story and humor some of the most common aspects of a video game from the nineties. Among them, non-player characters, who are there to provide information during the game but nothing else beyond that. The limited number of “lives” as well as the abilities and weaknesses of the different characters, also lend themselves to memorable moments, without being over-used as a humor tool. But just as the film uses the most frustrating elements of a video game in its favor, some cause real wounds, notably in the generic villain, played by Bobby Cannavale with the enthusiasm of a cat during an unexpected swim. This aspect of the movie was one of my favorite parts; it was funny to remember the way we used to play videogames in the past and how much they’ve changed.

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also offers some action, but it doesn’t turn out to be as exciting as watching these actors have fun in roles in which, momentarily, were actually other people. This movie is not going to be a classic in 20 years, nor is the most celebrated film of veterans Dwayne Johnson or Jack Black. But something we can’t take away from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is that as a film that promotes self-discovery, the message is applied and it finds itself. The result is a fun proposal that respects the original and adapts the rules of the game for a modern audience, but jealous of its treasures from the past. It’s a nostalgic journey filled with new memories that I found extremely enjoyable.



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Anthony Odu says :

I actually only saw this movie because The Last Jedi wasn’t playing that day and I had to improvise. A pleasant surprise. The storyline progression was plistic enough given it’s premise (which it should be, not all movies are meant to be complicated or storytelling at it’s finest). The true strength of this movie lies in it’s character orientation and watchability. All four main characters were well fleshed out by the actors and actress playing them, giving a modicuum of the believable in such a surreal world. And of course the jokes Truly hilarious

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Ghina Ahms says :

It is not the best film of Dwayne Johnson nor Jack Black but they delivered their characters well. I thought it would fail in comparison to the first movie, but they also did their own good version. I actually find the movie really hilarious.

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Katherine says :

It is true, it’s a really hilarious movie. I thought it was gonna be bad and a mess, because we have seen 90’s classic sequels and they are not very successful. Jumanji was part of my childhood but this version was very good, I really enjoyed it. I liked the concept of video games since the world has evolved so it was good to know the game did the same. All characters were pretty funny and I had a good time watching it with my mom. I cried in the end but besides me crying as usual, it was very funny. They did a great job, I know Jumanji from head to toes, and this new version was not so bad.

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Innocent says :

Jumanji
One of the chatacters of this movie is my best actor and motivator.Dwanye makes everything look easy in the movie and he loved his new body from a ballon to basket ball he had to be proud of who he had become in the jungle game.

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Innocent says :

re : It’s a nostalgic journey filled with new memories that I found extremely enjoyable
Jumaji is a piece of perfection

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