I went in to see Jumanji excited, but trying not to keep my hopes up too high. It’s a star studded movie, with actors that are all hilarious and brilliant in their own way. It looked incredibly funny in the trailers, and was preforming crazy-good at the box office… Yet still it is a sequel to JUMANJI. A sequel we never needed or wanted and what seemed to be a clear cash grab. I was nervous just like most people were. Well, if you are reading this before seeing the movie than I am here to tell you that there is no reason to be nervous. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is one of the funniest movies I have seen in recent years. I was rolling with laughter almost through the entire movie and it is all because of the four actors they casted. If you are unfamiliar with the premise of this new Jumanji, it is a sequel to the original and similar only in the aspect that this game sucks to play. Instead of the game coming into the real world through the board, it transports the players into the jungle of Jumanji through a video game and has them play their characters. THAT is where the brilliance of the comedy comes in play. Dwayne Johnson is playing (being played by?) a little wimpy, nerdy kid, Kevin Hart is a huge jock, Karen Gillan is an introverted girl self unconscious about her appearance, and Jack Black is a hot, prissy girl. Every single one of these actors CLEARLY has a ball with this and makes it even funnier. Dwayne Johnson telling himself not to cry and being afraid of squirrels is enough to make this movie, but then you have Karen Gillan trying to flirt, and Kevin Hart with his usual short jokes too! The stand out is Jack Black however. Jack Black was the essence of a stuck-up, prissy, hot girl and it was god-damn amazing to watch. A running gag about him learning about his penis, “It’s like a handle!”, is just the tip of the iceberg… Further than the actors you have a great world. They had a lot of fun playing with common video game tropes such as NPC’s, and character strengths/weaknesses. In the end I had a really good time at the theater watching this, and I know you will too.
Remember those old Halloween movies that aired on the Disney channel in the 90’s and 00’s we all loved? From what I can see this feels JUST like that. Is that a bad thing? Hell no! I loved those movies, everyone did! Will I pay 10 dollars to go see one of those? No, definitely not, but your kid might like it! Goosebumps stars Jack Black and nobody else important, it calls on so much nostalgia that it is almost not even fair! The story follows a boy Zach, who moves in next to a girl Hannah, and author R.L Stine. When Zach thinks that Hannah is in trouble he breaks into her house and opens a goosebumps book letting out the monster in it, somehow every monster gets let out and they need to put them back! I love the idea of it being about the author and the books themselves, and the monsters he created escaping. I think that is a brilliant take on iconic series and I am very exited to see this, but only cause of my nostalgia, and only when it is on DVD.