When four high school kids find a classic video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle, they are immediately set in the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they picked: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurersoccer jock Fridge loses the top two legs of the body and becomes an Einsteinpopular girl Bethany becomes a middle aged male professorand wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior. What they find is that you do not only play Jumanji, you must survive it.To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll need to go on the most dangerous adventure of their own live, learns that Alan Parrish abandoned 20 years back, and modify the way they think about themselves, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
90s nostalgia culture is upon us and, like it or not, one of the first targets of this new era is family adventure movie Jumanji. It’s a tricky one to get right even disregarding the pressure to do right by the late Robin Williams, but Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle manages to deliver two hours that are way more fun and inventive than they needed to be.
When ‘nerd’ Spencer (Alex Wolff), ‘jock’ Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), ‘princess’ Bethany (Madison Iseman) and ‘weirdo’ Martha (Morgan Turner) are all given detention, they discover an old games console in the school basement. Eager to avoid the actual job at hand (endlessly removing staples from old magazines), they turn it on to find old 90s video game, Jumanji.
Choosing their characters – Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), respectively – they’re sucked into the game and given the task of saving the jungle from its evil overlord (Bobby Cannavale). All have their specific strengths and weaknesses, and together they must play through the levels in order to leave the game.
Original titleJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
TMDb Rating6.5 votes