It has been 22 years since the classic original came out starring Robin Williams. Jumanji stands as one of the Robin Williams classics from the 90’s along with Hook and Columbia decided to take the risk and add on to that legacy. Against all odds, they succeeded. In recent years, attempts at reboots and continuations of classics have come and gone, most being flops at the box office and poor films. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is a fun filled adventure that arrived at the tale end of last year. The film was hilarious, fun, witty and true to the spirit of the original.
Jack Black was probably the best part of the film. His portrayal of a teenage girl inside an overweight middle aged man was classic. There were many funny moments that I look forward to enjoying again when the film comes out for purchase. Dwayne Johnson further solidified himself as an action hero and one who is great with comedic timing. It further demonstrated his ability to portray different characters. He was playing a teenage gaming nerd who is shy and lacks confidence. Compared to his character Hobbs on the Fast and Furious franchise, his Jumanji character was massively different and it could be felt in the acting.
The other actors, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan did great work as well but it was a bit overshadowed by the other two fantastic performances. Gillan has a particularly funny scene including some dancing and Hart is pretty much the same old character as always which actually worked here.
Overall the movie was a fun fill ride and a great popcorn flick. Don’t expect any deeper meaning and don’t expect a great villain. If the film was weak in any area, it was that the villain was horribly developed and not particularly threatening. The better villain was Jumanji as a whole rather than the personified villain that was chasing after them the entire film. While, this addition to the franchise doesn’t reach the same heights as the original, it is a welcome addition and honors the legacy created by Robin Williams and his co-stars from over two decades ago.
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions!!!