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Jumanji- Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Jan 10, 2018 - 4:13:37 PM

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An adventure for the whole family that brings the action of a safari to your backyard.

A Game For Those Who Seek To Find A Way To Leave Their World Behind.

A young bullied boy finds a mysterious board game but does not realize its magical powers until he is sucked into it before his best friend’s stunned eyes. Decades later the boy is freed from the game as a man by two unsuspecting children and must rejoin with his friend and the new players to outwit the game’s daunting obstacles.

Alan Parrish is a person who has been trapped in the jungle of a magical board game for 26 years and must now team up with the players of the game past and present to undo what the game has done. Sarah Whittle is Alan’s best friend who was traumatized by the board game Jumanji and by Alan’s disappearance to the point of shutting herself off from making any lasting friendships. Judy and Peter Shepherd are orphaned siblings who Jumanji has called to and must now complete the game with the help of Alan and Sarah to save the town from destruction. Van Pelt is the big-game hunter of Jumanji who has made it his mission to hunt Alan and dispose of any person or thing who gets in the way of him completing his goal.

Jumanji is an imaginative fantasy adventure that captures the childlike excitement of playing a new game for the first time and takes it to new heights of wonder. This movie is able to bring the thrill of experiencing an untamed safari bursting off of the screen as the characters race to find a way to stop it. Robin Williams gives a great performance as a man out of time coming to terms with a sort of culture shock as he tries to survive the modern landscape and the things that have followed him out of the game he was trapped in. Joe Johnston in his excellent directing is able to believably bring out the sense of astonishment in the film that comes when dealing with circumstances beyond one’s control. James Horner is able to give us another one of his great scores at the time right up there with his previous scores for Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, Cocoon, Aliens, An American Tail, Willow, The Land Before Time, The Rocketeer, Apollo 13 and Braveheart. The movie is able to capture the spirit of the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg with the special effects design for some of the animals resembling his illustrations. This is a movie that can easily be enjoyed by the whole family. I give it a rating of 4 out of 5.

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