We used to think of Jumanji as the classic film of our childhoods, with monkeys banging pots in the kitchen and a lion roaring in the bedroom. December 20, 2017 introduced a brand-new perspective regarding the mysterious board game in a movie filled with action and adventure, one that we won’t soon forget.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle begins with four average teenagers finding an old video game during a detention clean up. Upon starting the game, they are sucked into the world of Jumanji as the avatars they choose. Director Jake Kasdan spins an adventurous tale with an underlying motto: Your heart determines who you are. The four newly discovered heroes embark on a dangerous quest to restore Jumanji to its original, pristine state, with much comic opportunity along the way.
The original Jumanji and its “sequel” have several differences, their merits and detriments subjective. In the original film, the board game realistically comes to life in the world of the players, while the new movie takes the protagonists into the world of Jumanji. Moreover, instead of a board game, Jumanji takes the form of a video game in the new movie, targeting the hobbies of today’s gaming enthusiasts. Hence, the plot of the movie is enhanced as each player has different strengths and weaknesses that determine his or her actions and abilities.
Without Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black, three stars would be a generous rank for the movie. Considering the plot alone, the film is overly simplified—four heroes fight to save an alternate world against a crazy villain seeking to become an omnipotent ruler—questioning Kasdan’s caliber even as son and protégé of famous Lawrence Kasdan, director of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” With the actors, however, the movie bumps up to a stunning four-star rating, luring in new viewers simply through anticipation of The Rock and Kevin Hart’s joint humor or memories of Gillan’s and Black’s past spectacular performances.
While it may not be a mind-blowing film with an exceptional plot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the perfect choice for family movie night, bringing laughter and fun that can surely appeal to everyone.