I was never a huge fan of the original Jumanji, so I didn’t have the highest expectations for the sequel.
But I was blown away with how much I enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Four high school students, including an insecure nerd, an over-confident jock, an Instagram princess and a socially awkward overachiever are given detention (very Breakfast Club), where they discover an old video game console they’ve never heard of and decide to play.
As they begin to play the game they are instead sucked into the unknown jungle known as Jumanji and are in the bodies of their chosen avatars.
Our insecure nerd Spencer is now the Dr Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) the hero and leader of the group, who doesn’t have any weaknesses, Fridge the over confident jock is now Moose (Kevin Hart) who is Bravestone’s sidekick and has to let Spencer be the leader.
The Instagram princess Bethany becomes Dr Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) who is our expert in cartography and palaeontology. Bethany now an overweight middle-aged man has to come to terms with looks not being everything. Black nails this character and is one of the reasons why this film works so well.
Martha our socially awkward overachiever is now Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) a martial arts master and killer of men. Martha has to learn to be okay taking the lead.
The four unlikely friends have to work together to win or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…
Throughout the film I noticed influences of Indiana Jones in the adventure and comedic elements.
A great film for the whole family with my grandfather enjoying the action and adventure.
With an all-star cast, great acting, comedy, adventure and the tackling of relevant issues that teenagers have today. The long-awaited sequel was fun and modernised for the new generation to enjoy!