While serving detention, Spencer (Alex Wolff), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Martha (Morgan Turner) come across a magical video game that transports them into the game itself. The four must embody their avatars and beat the game to return home.
When I first heard a Jumanji sequel was in the works, I was skeptical. Over the last few years, movie studios have been reviving/rebooting/remaking 20+ year-old franchises to ride a nostalgia wave that is sweeping through Hollywood right now, to mostly with negative results. Jumanji is one of my favorite Robin Williams movies and one of my favorites from my childhood in general, so seeing that tarnished was not something I wanted to see. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has managed to break the trend of terrible revived/rebooted/remake of a 20+ year-old franchise and actually provide a memorable and hilarious experience.
Really, the fun from this film all comes from the cast, their chemistry, and their overall enjoyment in their roles. Jack Black as a teenage girl is something I never knew I needed to see until this movie. He had the attitude, the tone of voice, the strut, everything. The scene where (s)he learns about going to the bathroom as a guy literally had me laughing in tears. Dwayne Johnson is one of my favorite actors right now so of course I thought he was brilliant, too. I’ve frequently said that he needs someone to bounce off of to truly hit his stride as a comedic actor and with both Jack Black and Kevin Hart, he is at the top of his game. Kevin Hart always makes me laugh and he riffs on his short stature wonderfully. His and Johnson’s moments are the next best thing in this film, behind anything from Jack Black of course. Karen Gillen is more of a recent favorite of mine but like the others, she did not disappoint.
I thought Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was GREAT 😀 I was worried that this movie would become another reviled sequel to a beloved film. Thankfully, the cast put their heart and soul into it and turned out one of the funniest movies of the year.
Cast & Crew
Jake Kasdan – Director
Chris McKenna – Screenplay / Story
Erik Sommers – Screenplay
Scott Rosenberg – Screenplay
Jeff Pinkner – Screenplay
Henry Jackman – Composer
Dwayne Johnson – Spencer
Kevin Hart – Fridge
Jack Black – Bethany
Karen Gillen – Martha
Rhys Darby – Nigel
Bobby Cannavale – Van Pelt
Nick Jonas – Alex
Alex Wolff – Young Spencer
Ser’Darius Blain – Young Fridge
Madison Iseman – Young Bethany
Morgan Turner – Young Martha
Good review, pleased they have gone a different way rather than just retreading the older film
Thanks. Yea, I am too. It allowed it to be its own thing, which clearly worked in its favor.
Great review. I have to say I don’t think I enjoyed this one as much as you. I appreciated the subtle nod to Robin Williams’ character, but wanted more nostalgia, especially considering Williams’ passing. Definitely funny with The Rock and Hart having some great chemistry!
Saw your review on The Babysitter,
Left a comment beneath it too
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Thanks very much! 🙂 I’ll pass on your comments to Jesse.
You gonna see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?
I’m not sure yet, it depends if there are any other bigger films out the same week 🙂
Thanks. That was a nice touch and a good way to show that the films are indeed connected. I did like how it didn’t lean too heavily on the nostalgia, though. But like you said, a little more would have been nice. A nod do Kirsten Dunst’s or Bradley Pierce’s characters would have been cool. The Rock and Hart were the second best thing in this film!
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Great review! I had a ton of fun with this one. Loved the cast, definitely plan to watch it again when it comes to DVD! 🙂
Thanks! I did, too, as you probably could tell. 😛 Everyone in the cast was great. This is one of those casts that work perfectly together and I can’t see any other group of actors together that would have made it work as well as it did here. I’m definitely going to get it when it comes to DVD!
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Good review. This was one entertaining and funny movie! It was cast perfectly and directed well. Dwayne Johnson really shows his comedic talents here. Kevin Hart serves as the ever hilarious comedic relief, and he did a fabulous job. Armed with charismatic performances, and an undeniably fun and energetic tone from beginning to end. I think this is a must see movie, for all the family.
Thanks. You hit the nail on the head. This is a fun movie where the actors are having fun, which lets them do well in their roles, which in turn makes it fun for us.
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