This movie is sweet and hilarious, has a brilliant cast and a lovely reference to the original Jumanji and of course the wonderful Robin Williams.
Let’s start with Jack Black, him pretending to be a self-absorbed teenage girl is the funniest thing I have watched in a really long time. When Bethany picks ‘Shelly’ the ‘Curvy Genius’ to be her avatar she does not expect to end up with the body of Jack Black and the knowledge of a cartographer. Similarly, nerdy Spencer doesn’t expect the body of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and shy Martha doesn’t expect to be badass Ruby Roundhouse who among other things is skilled in dance fighting (whatever that is). The other main character in Jumanji is Fridge (which I assume is a nickname) who is played by Kevin Hart. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film with Kevin Hart that hasn’t been hilarious – and this is no different. He is a stand-out actor who you can’t help be drawn to and to love!
|Who else has cake as a weakness?!|
Now the plot … I can imagine how hard it was after the success of the first Jumanji to try and write a script that matched up to people’s expectations. I think they did a good job. Basically the board game transforms itself into video game (I mean it is magic after all) and the players after choosing their avatars get sucked into the world of Jumanji (where Alan Parrish went in the original film).
What else do I have to say?! Well, there’s some nice character development (if the stars are high schoolers there really has to be some kind of epiphany for them about what life is really about – it’s kind of a given) and a touch of romance (although there is one scene that makes me cringe a bit). There’s also a throwback to Alan Parrish – Nick Jonas’ character lives in Alan’s jungle home for the twenty years (yes TWENTY YEARS) he is stuck in Jumanji before the other characters arrive.
Take a look at the film and let me know! It’s a funny family film that I would definitely recommend! Let me know what you think!
Have a wonderful week,
(Also quite confusingly Dwayne Johnson is in TWO movies called Welcome to the Jungle so when you pick up the DVD make sure you get the right one)!