Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Release year: 2017
Director: Jake Kasdan
Screenwriter: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Chris Van Allsburg (based on the book by)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillian, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff
During detention, four very different high school kids start an old video game called Jumanji and suddenly find themselves inside the game in the shape of the games avatars. Now they must finish the game to get back to their own world, and what happens if you die in the game?
Jake Kasdan’s reboot of the now classic Jumanji (1995) takes the game into a new century as it starts out by showing the game evolve into a video game to attract victims. With gentle nods to the original it stays true to the formula when it comes to adventure and jungle-action (except here we are in the jungle instead of the jungle coming to us) while the video game set-up gives a whole new series of references which is bound to have both children and their parents in stitches. Because Jumanji is nothing if not funny. Led by the always charming and charismatic Johnson (Journey to the Mysterious Island, 2012) the action is packed with funny elements. The fish-out-of-water concept as the nerd is put in the muscular leader body while the sports jock is in the nerdy avatar, not to speak of the popular girl ending up in a male avatar, works brilliant, especially as the entire cast is game and willing to step out of their comfort zones. Particular Black (The School of Rock, 2003) who gets to play a damsel in distress but also Gillian (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014) in the seduction scene. Action-packed humour with plenty of heart, this is recommended to anyone who has ever played a video game and enjoyed it!
The statues in the jungle set are modeled after the board game pieces in the original film.
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