In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game.
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Every time Bobby Cannavale shows up to glower and sweat, flanked by bad guys on motorcycles, I have to wonder whose idea it was to turn "Jumanji" into a generic, jungle-set action movie. Fortunately, most of this is actually quite funny, with both The Rock and Jack Black delivering performances that remind you why they became stars in the first place. In a strange way, this might be the best video game movie yet.
Slightly funny but that's about it. The movie had no real sense of adventure. Dwayne Johnson was underused. Nick Jonas was cast just "for the lulz". The villain was existent but rarely mattered, a mere plot device. Even the scenery picks seemed lazy to me. The jungle didn't feel like a jungle, but like a small forest outside of Auckland, New Zealand or something. Very dragged, but somewhat watchable.
Perfectly suited for festive season spectatorship. Its humour is a delight, its star power unquestionable, its franchise cash-in methodology ticks business boxes, there is even the faintest employment of postmodern tropes. Still two stars nonetheless but one that warrants a few giggles and plenty of smiles.
If you're going to spend $90 million on a film that's almost guaranteed to leave no cultural impact nor even come close to touching the original film spiritually or otherwise, could you at least hire a writer with more sophistication than one who relies on extended sequences of an out-of-body female played by Jack Black and her utter obsession with having a penis?
Lazy film making that is the very epitome of what's wrong with contemporary event films. The opening scene says it all. A kid just stumbles across the game on a beach and it plays like an afterthought. Even the worst 'blockbusters' of the 80s and 90s at least made an effort to start with a bang. There is no inspiration powering this vehicle whatsoever.
Don’t take everything too seriously and you’ll do just fine with this one. Some of these reviews are actually more cringy than the movie. It was sufficiently entertaining for me, and exceeded my expectations.