Popcorn Addict: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (I’m uncertain why we needed that subtitle. Axl didn’t even make an appearance) stars a comedic all-star team of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black (with a later appearance from Joe Jonas). Since the announcement of this project, the producers insisted the film is not a sequel or remake of the 1996, Robin Williams-led film—and it wasn’t.
Although they had nods to the 1996 flick and era, this film is a standalone from the original. The film involves four ornery teenagers who are in detention and discover an old Atari-like system and the Jumanji game. Through the magical powers of Atari, they are transported into the game, embodying the avatars they selected. The premise: They must complete the game in order to survive and go home. Simple.
This film was quite similar to Kong: Skull Island earlier this year. Simple, straightforward plot, light-hearted family-friendly comedy, and a bit of action. There’s not much more to say. I didn’t have any complaints about the film or it’s cast. Each actor played well off of each other and did an excellent job playing teenagers trapped in adult bodies. The humor was appropriate for a PG-13 audience (there are several cuss words and penis jokes, so be mindful of that for the younger kiddos). I enjoyed the throwback video game references throughout the film, which brought some nostalgia. This film is a perfect family watch for the holiday season and I can see it make over $100 million off of Johnson and Hart alone.