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Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Jan 10, 2018 - 6:26:15 PM

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An entertaining adventure that updates its source material just enough to stay relevant for modern audiences.

The game has evolved.

Four high school students discover an old video game console, while in detention, and find themselves trapped in the game as the avatars they chose when they decided to play it. Now they must survive the challenges of the game and beat it in order to return to the real world or be trapped in it forever.

Spencer Gilpin is a nerdy gamer that finds himself in detention for doing the homework of his one time friend and then finds himself in the avatar of archaeologist Dr. Smolder Bravestone in the Jumanji video game. Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson is a football player at Brantford High School who finds himself in detention for having Spencer do his homework and finds himself in the avatar of zoologist Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar. Bethany Walker is a self-centered popular student who finds herself in detention for talking on her cell phone during a quiz and finds herself in the avatar of cartographer Professor Sheldon ‘Shelly’ Oberon. Martha Kaply is an introverted student who finds herself in detention for insulting her physical education teacher and finds herself in the avatar of commando Ruby Roundhouse. Russel Van Pelt is a corrupt explorer who wants the magical Jaguar’s Eye jewel for himself.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a surprising good sequel that expands on the groundwork laid down by the original. This is an entertaining action adventure comedy that can be enjoyed by anyone with a passing knowledge of video games and/or safari journey type movies. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas do a great job bringing the characters to life as teenagers trapped in adult bodies in a foreign environment. Jake Kasdan directs this movie in such a way that the quirky humor he has shown in films such as Orange County and Bad Teacher are present with an unexpected aptitude for thrilling action scenes. This movie reminded more of the animated series that ran for 3 seasons on UPN that was based on the original movie than the actual original movie or the book the original movie was based on. This is a fun and charming film for the holidays that is a nice escape from the current world for a couple hours. I rate it a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle


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