Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seemed like a bad idea at the time, but somehow against all odds, it works. The only initial problem with the movie was bad timing. The announcement came about a month after Robin Williams past away. Making the sequel remake reboot whatever idea seem kind of disrespectful. People were even more skeptical when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart were announce as the leads. Needless to say, I had no idea what the movie would even end up being about. Not until the trailer was released and I was immediately sold on it. Jumanji was simply about bringing the game into the real world. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about bringing the player into the game world. It picks up a year after the first movie when the untouched board game evolves into a video game cartridge. 20 years later, a group of Breakfast Club style teenagers find the game and start to play it. They get sucked into the game and transform into video game avatars. The Rock plays a nervous geek, Kevin Hart plays a jock, Karen Gillan plays a socially awkward misfit, and Jack Black plays a popular girl (which is hilarious). The star power, body swap humor, video game references, and jungle based action are what makes the movie work so well. Even earning the movie a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 932 million dollar box office gross. It seems like movies about video games are always better than movies based on video games. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle shouldn’t have worked, but I’m so glad it did, because it’s a complete thrill ride.
Followed by: Jumanji: The Next Level