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.
Yes, Yes, I realize that everyone is getting their panties in a bunch because of this remake. You can’t deny that this looks fun, and has the potential to be hilarious. You got Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillian. How could you not hope this movie is great? On top of the actors being a good and diverse selection I wouldn’t expect seeing together it just LOOKS hilarious with the difference in people they play. Oh! Yes! Can you even qualify this as a remake, or just a different take on the idea? They go IN to the game this time, taking the places of the characters in the actual Jumanji jungle… It has the possibility of being hilarious, with an awesome new take on a great movie. I’m watching it.