“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” Review: Less Imaginative but Still Fun

Directed by Jake Kasdan

The original Jumanji movie made an impact for most adults these days. It was a fun adventure people of all ages will appreciate. So when the news that a sequel that may rather be a reboot or a remake is in the works, everyone, including me flipped out. And that was followed by Dwayne Johnson starring made everything felt worse.

But then again, who am I to judge something I haven’t seen before?

The 2017 sequel is honestly fun. It takes us to a modern gameplay wherein board games are outdated and gamers are starting play video games. Four characters in their high school – two nerds, a boy and a girl, a jock and a self-obsessed girl who likes to take a photo of herself. These characters are conveniently put to detention and plays a mysterious video game called Jumanji. And so the fun begins…

Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart perfectly fits their role. The film wouldn’t have the same comedic impact if it wasn’t played by these actors. From the action, to timing their dialogues, they obviously know what they’re doing and they’re comfortable with each other enough to have that effective rapport.

Johnson obviously is the main character which he carries with enough masculinity. Jack Black on the other hand gave a hilarious portrayal of a self-obsessed girl trapped inside a middle-aged man. Karen Gillan is both cute and cunning, and the way she fights is just engaging. Last but not the least, Kevin Hart. The hilarious Kevin Hart is just the at top of every humor in the movie.

The story, on the other hand, makes you confused. This isn’t the imaginative Jumanji that you love in the 90s but even so, the charm, the fun, the decent storytelling makes you enjoy the film more than being mad about it for its choice of diverting the world of Jumanji, rather than bringing it to the players, the players enter its dangerous world.

You kind of feel sad about it, remembering how Robin Willams was. And for the film, not giving the same creative journey as the original. But you’ll somehow get over it and just enjoy everything it offers.



3 stars

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, also in 4D and IMAX 3D from Columbia Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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