2017 (UK), Fantasy/Action, 1h 59m
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas & Bobby Cannavale
Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
This movie was so much better than it had any business being!
It started with a very unfair disadvantage with everyone saying “this is going to be trash because nobody can replace Robin Williams”, and thankfully, they didn’t even try to – they even had a tasteful nod to the late ‘Mr Parrish’, and this film was great on its own merit.
The four leads are impossible to dislike in this laugh-out-loud reboot, it has so much charm and is an absolute rollercoaster of fun and action, as well as more story than the original probably making this the most superior in the franchise (please don’t kill me!).
I usually dislike Hart and Black but they’re both hysterical playing their teenage counterparts – especially scene stealing Black, in arguably his best role in recent memory. There are so many huge set pieces (or levels) which will leave you on the end of your seat throughout. The villain was pretty boring and forgettable, but the entire rest of the movie makes up for that.