Review

Moving the classic 1995 Robin Williams film into the 21st century the Jumanji board game of the first film now becomes a video game.

When four pupils in Brantford High School are placed on detention they are tasked with clearing out the school basement where they come across the Jumanji console game. The teens then pick their avatars and are then sucked into the game.

Finding themselves in the jungle and in the form of their avatar’s, one is a tough explorer named Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), another is a short zoologist named Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart), another is a gorgeous commando and martial arts expert named Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) whilst the last one is an overweight male map reader named Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (Jack Black), the four, in order to escape the game, must return a jewel called the “Jaguar’s Eye” to an enormous statue called “Jumanji”.

Jumanji: Welcome The Jungle has very little in common with the original other than the title however it does move along at a cracking pace with some wonderful comic moments and first rate action. The chemistry between the quartet of stars holds the rather flimsy story together, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, who are known for their over the top performances, rain themselves in and are all the better for it. Black in particular is pretty good as a female trapped in a man’s body.

Jumanji: Welcome The Jungle won’t become the classic that the Robin Williams film has become but it’s a lot of fun and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Recommended.



Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (12A)

1h 59m

Director:
Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale

UK Release: Wednesday 20th December 2017








Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Evolution Featurette

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