There are a lot of expectations from a remake or reboot of any classic film. This time it was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle that hit the theatres, which is a reboot of Robin Williams’s beloved 1995 classic film – Jumanji. So let’s find out what this film has to offer.
The original concept of Jumanji, is adopted into a video game where a group of high school teenagers get sucked into the world of a video game while serving detention together. The nerd, the jock, the popular girl and the outcast are transported to the lush jungles of Jumanji. All of them are transformed into the game characters and now have to finish the game to go back to their real world and to do this each one of them has only 3 lives.
Being a remake the comparisons with the original are obvious. Jumanji 2 is more commercial and massy. It has lots of comic dialogues and is also more gimmicky. But it falls short with the emotional touches which made the original one a classic. Though considering today’s audiences, it will definitely work.
This transition from a board game to a video game is fun and enjoyable. There is nothing new in terms of characters or storytelling. A large part of why this movie works is the cast. Jack Black & Kevin Hart bring a lot of laughter because of their hilarious conversations. Dwayne Johnson brings in his macho action and style.
Jumanji 2 is a slightly above average family entertainer. If you want to watch something fun and light, this film definitely delivers that.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Duration: 119 minutes