Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan
Director: Jake Kasden
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Action | Adventure | Comedy | 2017
As a kid, the original Jumanji movie scared me. It wasn’t until I was adult that I watched it again and found that I actually loved it. Robin Williams and the kids playing a game, needing to finish to make all the bad things that are happening go away. So I was excited when I heard that they were making a new version of the movie, with actors and actresses that I actually like to watch on screen.
This version, the board game evolves into a video game. This scene was actually kind of interesting and really set the tone for the rest of the film. Then we are shown four teenagers, stuck in detention together as they find this video game from the late 1990s (that board game must not have traveled in the river very far since it was found only a year after the original film was released). The teenagers start the game and they are sucked inside.
The thing I like most about this film is the characters that they become while inside the game. Each of them opposite of who they are in real life. Dwayne Johnson, Spencer, is a nerdy kid who has no bravery in real life, but in the game he is the star that has no weaknesses. Karen Gillan, Martha, is a shy girl in real life, but in the game she is a hot, badass woman. Kevin Hart, Fridge, is a football player in real life, but in the game… he’s Kevin Hart. And then there’s Jack Black, who is a dumb blonde teenage girl in real life.
The film itself I found to be extremely funny. Mostly because each character was playing the part of who they were on the outside, but still in the bodies of our main actors and actresses. Jack Black plays the teenage girl who lost her phone perfectly, always referencing to Instagram. And Kevin Hart is always good at poking fun at is short nature. I think the funniest parts of the films though were their reactions to all the “video game” things that happen. Like the video game people only being able to say certain things… Spencer gets this but the others reactions are priceless.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching this film and I would love to watching it again. I’m going to give this a “Loved It” rating, and I intend to add it to my movie collection. Along with the original… how do I not already have the original? (5/5).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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