Country: United States
Category: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: 20 December, 2017
Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 120 minutes
Box Office: $?
“Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle”, "We have to finish the game," the protagonists of Jumanji (1995) said again and again, who were upset every time they heard the powerful drumming of African drums. It was a fearsome board game made of wood, which for this sequel that arrives more than 20 years later, becomes a ninth video game.
Unlike that directed Joe Johnston, where the dangers of the jungle manifested physically in a house, the new Jumanji absorbs the players, moves them into a jungle environment and gives them the identity of the avatar they have chosen.
The prologue introduces us to a group of adolescents of different races within the preparatory fauna: a nerd, an athlete, a reserved intellectual and an egomaniac and popular girl. For different reasons they are punished, and in the best style of the club of five (1985), forced to live in confinement in school. What follows are the drums, Jumanji and his transformation.
The basic premise that sustains the humor of the film is precisely the change of identity and its contradictions. The weakling is materialized as an imposing explorer (Dwayne Johnson), the scholar gets the sculptural body of a belligerent adventurer (Karen Gillan), the corpulent athlete in a scientific short (Kevin Hart), and the superficial blonde ... in the plump figure of a middle-aged man (Jack Black, simply sensational).
Outside of the title and reference to Alan Parrish (the character of the late Robin Williams), the fact that it is a sequel is somewhat forced and possibly unnecessary. With everything and the affection that many moviegoers have for the original film, it depended on the then innovative visual effects to surprise us.
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In the current version, beyond the digital grandiloquence, the true sustenance is in the comedy generated by the characters and their interactions. A merit that in this case should be more recognized to the histriones and their choral work, than to the writers who left a too basic approach.
While the development of the plot aims to follow the rules of a video game, it pales before references such as the classic and visionary Tron (1982) or the great and delirious Scott Pilgrim vs. the ex-boyfriends of the girl of his dreams (2010). Even so, Jumanji fulfills the elementary purpose of entertaining, tearing us smiles and the odd laugh with its effective simplicity.
More than 20 years after its premiere, "Jumanji" is remembered for several reasons: use of computer animation, the concept where children live a board game and, obviously, Robin Williams. This year the story returns with other characters and a transformed story. Will it be worth seeing?.
These days appeared the first reviews of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", where Dwayne Johnson ('The Rock'), Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black play children in bodies of adults who must escape from a video game. The reception to the story is positive.
Erik Davis (Fandango): "I can say that the biggest surprise of the holiday season is 'Jumanji', super entertaining and very funny, with great chemistry in the cast (especially 'La Roca' and Kevin Hart). fan of video games, watch it with the whole family.