Review: Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken -- and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there's more obstacles and more danger to overcome.
Jumanji: The Next Level picks up 2 years after Welcome to the Jungle. Forced to re-enter the game to help save Spencer, the gang are now unwittingly accompanied by Spencer’s grandfather Eddie and grandfather’s former friend and business partner Milo Walker. The addition of Danny Devito as Eddie and Danny Glover as Milo really helped to change up the dynamic. Seeing Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s impressions as curmudgeonly old folks was hilarious. Having entered a glitchy Jumanji helps to keep this sequel refreshingly entertaining. It manages to retain everything that made the previous installment so successful while building upon the franchise with new playable characters and game scenarios. The story telling isn’t anything special but the new premise and overall charisma of the cast is enough to compensate.
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language
Runtime: 123 min