Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel to the original 1995 film, Jumanji. While the original film is about a board game and releasing elements of the game into the real world, in this one a group of high school students find an old video game and get sucked into it as the characters that they chose.
The main driving force of this movie is the characters. The conserved nerd of the group is stuck in the body of Dwane Johnson’s character. The football playing jock chooses the avatar played by Kevin Hart. The popular girl chooses Jack Black, and the quieter girl chooses Karen Gillan. All of the actors do a great job. It was fun to see Dwane Johnson and Jack Black play against type, but while Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan do great, they are really just playing the characters they normally play. It would have been nice to see them play more different characters.
The writers were very creative with the concept of being stuck inside a video game. If you are a gamer you will definitely get many of the references and ideas they throw in about strange things that happen when you play video games, like NPCs repeating the same thing over and over again, respawning, and other concepts.
However, this also works against them as sometimes things get a little too crazy, to where it’s hard to believe. It gets confusing as certain things happen that don’t make sense in the video game setting. For example, a certain character shows up to help out, but it’s unclear how they would have gotten out of that situation without him being there. Other than that, the story is fairly cohesive. They use the video game format of levels, and that adds structure to the story and a sense of progression as well.
The movie is also surprisingly funny! I expected a lot of the jokes to fall flat, but I actually laughed at the majority of them. While some of the jokes become worn out, like Kevin Hart making short jokes, or Jack Black not having his phone, they keep them fresh for the most part. The action sequences are also very well done with some great stunt work. They are probably some of the best scenes in the movie. Because it’s a Jumanji movie, there are obviously lots of animals. CGI is used to create them, and some of the effects are a little shaky. However, the CGI is never so terrible that it is distracting to the rest of the movie.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a truly fun movie. Despite a few plot holes and sub-par special effects, it is very enjoyable and funny. This is a great movie to see with a group of friends and just have a good time. I’m not just saying that to be nice, it really is fun. Again, the movie’s not perfect, there are some issues, but it’s definitely worth seeing.
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