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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) - Game On!

Updated: Jun 18

Rating: ★★★★☆(4/5 Stars)

Released 12-20-2017

Watched 06-07-2024

Reviewed 06-18-2024

Watched on Hulu

"The goal for you. I'll recite in verse / Return the jewel and lift the curse / If you wish to leave the game / You must save Jumanji and call out its name."

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivers a fresh and entertaining spin on the classic 1995 film. Directed by Jake Kasdan, this modern reimagining of the Jumanji universe successfully blends humor, action, and a touch of nostalgia, making it a standout family-friendly adventure.

The plot revolves around four high school students who, during detention, discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of: Jumanji. Upon starting the game, they are literally sucked into its world, becoming the avatars they chose. This leads to hilarious and thrilling situations as they must navigate the dangerous jungle to return to the real world.

The cast, led by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, bring their characters to life with fantastic chemistry and comedic timing. Johnson’s charismatic portrayal of Dr. Smolder Bravestone, combined with Hart’s energetic performance as the diminutive Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, creates a dynamic duo that drives much of the film’s humor. Jack Black’s role as Professor Shelly Oberon, inhabited by a teenage girl, adds a unique and hilarious twist, while Gillan’s portrayal of the badass Ruby Roundhouse balances action with wit.

The film’s special effects and action sequences are top-notch, immersing the audience in the vibrant and perilous jungle setting. From dangerous wildlife to treacherous terrain, the game world is as captivating as it is deadly. The pacing is brisk, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment as the characters face one challenge after another.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also incorporates meaningful themes about self-discovery and teamwork. Each character’s journey of growth and friendship is well-developed, adding depth to the otherwise light-hearted narrative.

While some plot points are predictable and certain jokes fall flat, the film’s overall charm and excitement easily overshadow these minor flaws. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle successfully revitalizes a beloved classic for a new generation, offering a delightful mix of laughter, action, and heart.


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