Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

The Joxer Film Review of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale.

With the film starting in 1996 and where the original and Robin Williams classic movie ends [although the French beach is now American again], Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle finds the mystical board game Jumanji making it’s way back to Broughton [the setting of the original film] and transforms itself into a modern video game, where it transports it’s new teenage player into the game.

20 years later and four kids are sent to school detention where they discover a strange and almost antique video game hidden in the storeroom and after curiosity gets the better of them are sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji and transformed into their video game avatars.They now need to play the game for real to survive in the jungle and to get back to their reality.The catch is,can they find the other player in the game from 20 years ago?

Can they overcome the odds and their personal differences to work together and save Jumanji from the evil Russell Van Pelt [Cannavales] and get home?

JOXER FILM REVIEW

As films go, this incredibly silly but thoroughly enjoyable [second] sequel to the classic Robbie Williams film knows that it would be wrong to just do a modern remake and instead takes us on a new journey into the game itself, with the emphasis more on comedy/action and less on the moral story of the first film.

The chemistry between all four of the main characters is spot on and so well cast that the comedic timing flows off the screen like a Jumanji character itself.

The Rock hams himself up fabulously as Dr Smolder Bravestone, the intrepid jungle leader with Kevin Hart as his trusty sidekick, the exploding cake eating and backpack carrying Franklin Finbar, who play their parts like a modern Abbott and Costello with slapstick aplenty and the pair carrying on just as they did in Central Intelligence.

Karen Gillan is the wonderful Ruby Roundhouse, the dance fighting commando who shows the boys a thing or two about kicking ass and adds more to the film than just the token female fighter..

But the star of the show for me was Jack Black, who in the “real world” is a vain,spoilt, selfie taking “it girl” at school but in the jungle is Professor Shelly Oberon, a fat middle-aged man but with the mannerisms of a teenage pretty girl and steals the screen with every opportunity especially when he’s trying to teach Ruby how to flirt.

The action scenes are wonderfully done and with the comedy hitting the spot with every punchline thrown around the audience are drawn into the film like the characters are drawn into the game.

This totally enthralling, edge of the seat film with it’s endearing characters and quality CGI will entertain the masses for the duration of the film.I found myself with a silly grin on my face about 20 minutes in to the film as the sheer daftness of it took hold.The film was a surprising pleasant experience.

The only downside, as is the case with most of these type of films, is that the baddie [Van Pelt,Cannavale] is not given enough time on the screen for his character to develop and so doesn’t have the same gravitas as the other characters to shine and is a bit of a letdown in the villainy stakes.

Overall though, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle does what it sets out to do, which is to give an alternative family film over the Winter months.

Joxer Film Rating

a roller-coasting joy to watch

9/10

4 stars

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