Jumanji - Welcome To The Jungle

posted 2 May 2018, 09:25 by Paul Woodward

Genre: Action / Adventure

Stars: Dwayne Johnson / Karen Gillan / Kevin Hart / Jack Black / Nick Jonas / Bobby Cannavale

Director: Jake Kasdan

Certificate: 12

Run Time: 1hr 59mins

Year: 2017

I had heard this was a loose remake of the original 1995 Jumanji, it’s not, if anything it’s Jumanji two, carrying on from the original film – it even nods at the events of the first film on a couple of occasions. You don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this film though, it’s an all new cast and take on the Jumanji premise of been trapped inside a living game.

The original Jumanji was a board game, that entrapped players in it’s perilous game, obviously it’s been modernised to now be a computer game. It centres around four teenagers who stumble across the game and are sucked into ‘Jumanji’ whereupon they play as the avatars they have chosen prior to been sucked in, this has the characters put into bodies of avatars that are different to their real live selves including a self-obsessed social media queen ending up in the body of Jack Black! The course of the movie sees them progressing through the game to eventually escape.

It’s a pretty entertaining popcorn film, lots of action and humour and likeable characters. There’s no substance to it really although there is some teen aimed messages about self-belief and been happy with who you are, but this film is about switching off and been wrapped up in its escapism and on that level this film works perfectly. I don’t think it’ll leave the legacy the original did, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as entertaining and in a lot of ways a superior film!

There are little nods to modern video gaming which only gamers will click too but I think it’s a nice touch and shows some effort has been put into the script writing and world building.

Johnson has become the go to actor for action blockbusters, he’s not a great actor but he’s good at what he does. Hart can be a little annoying but I feel that is part of why he gets cast, to add contrast to other characters. Black probably has the most difficult role been a woman in a man’s body, obviously there is a lot of cheap and obvious jokes used, but importantly you do always believe Black is inhabited by a woman. I love Karen Gillan she’s a wonderful actress with a lot more to her than this role may express – but she is awesome with comedy so shines out whenever she is onscreen.

An enjoyable romp, just switch your brain off get the popcorn out and enjoy!


Review By Woody