Director – Jake Kasden

Flick in a Limerick

4 kids windup in detention

They find a game and get trapped in a virtual dimension

They create a rumble

While lost in a Jungle

In order to go back home this must beat this competition

Nose Candy

“I missing the half two feet of my body”

“Why am I wearing a half a shirt and shorts in the jungle?

“We just need to stick together, if we do that then I know we can win”

“Flirt like our lives depend on it, because they do”

“Did I just quote my principle? What the hell is this game doing?”

Style Points

  • Avatar attributes being blown up on-screen
  • Biker gang chase
  • Ruby Roundhouse fight scene with guards
  • Rhyno chase scene in helicopter

Role Play

( Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Morgan Jeanette Turner, Ser’Darius Blain)

Dwayne Johnson is favorable here as he always has great transitions from bad ass action star to family friendly idol. I don’t think there is anyone else that could have been cast here. It was kind of strange to see Kevin Hart in a pg film but he definitely had the funniest lines of the movie. Karen Gillan has incredible range as she cleverly balanced being sexy, humorous and athletic. Nick Jonas was good here too and will appeal to young viewers. Jack Black was brilliant and was the undoubted stand out of the film. I was so confused about the character after seeing Jack have to portray a teenage girl in the trailer but seeing is believing and he absolutely smashed this role. In the absence of legendary comedian Robin Williams the latest version of Jumanji needed a transcendent worker to fill the void and Black did so on every level.

Money Shot

Spencer climbs to the top of the mountain returning the Jewel back to its rightful spot and yells Jumanji! The team is able to outwit Van Pelt and his evil force beat the game then return home.

Final Touch

I was skeptical in examining Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle because I was such a huge fan of the original as a kid. I was worried that this film was just biting off an iconic name to boost the appeal of this project. Definitely there are huge differences in this movie from the previous such as the board game is now a video console. Also instead of the game world infiltrating the real world the kids were sucked into the competition. Jumanji welcome to the Jungle has an abundance of star power, action and humor so there is no way this could go wrong even if it tried to. This picture may not showcase anything unexpected but still extremely enjoyably. With the new twists and plotlines I will decisively say that the next chapter in Jumanji was definitely worth the remake and made its predecessor proud.

-Caleb Harris

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