Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
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.
The original Jumanji released in 1995 may have had some questionable looking puppets and animatronics, but it was still a beloved classic movie from my childhood. So when they decided to make a sequel for it, I was highly skeptical and had pretty low expectations going into it. To my pleasant surprise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was both fun and hilarious. Seeing Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan act as teenagers was a joy but Jack Black's performance really stole the show. The scenes with Jack Black alone are well worth the price of admission. Behind all the jokes and mayhem is also a story that does work though. I enjoyed the experience and it renewed my interest in JUMANJI!
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language
Runtime: 119 min