Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
Jumanji (1995) has long been one of the children’s favourite adventure films. Board game, jungles, adventure, mystery, humour – it has it all. Jumanji (2017), not being a video game adaptation nor a reboot, brings in a breath of fresh air.
Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan are very good here, Jack Black is at his best but Kevin Hart often steals the thunder with his stupendous comic timing. The character – in – character style of narrative works very well for the film and brings in a delightfully new perspective.
The storyline is not the key strength of this film, but the screenwriters deserve their due credit. It is penned by 4 writers which, is not usually considered a good thing, but gladly, it works. It’s very linear and is directed well, too. The characters are well written with spotlight thrown on their video game moments. Still, how Jumanji turned into a video game from a classic board game is a mystery to me.
This one is a crowd-pleasing movie and would appeal to the audience of all age groups. The thing I liked best about Jumanji is that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s bold enough to make fun of itself including characters, costumes, and even their powers. Jumanji is very entertaining, adventurous, and hilarious – a definite watch.
Rating – ***.5
Watch the trailer here.