Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seemed like a bad idea at the time, but somehow it works. The only initial problem 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 announced as the leads. Needless to say, I had no idea what to expect. 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 turned muscular hero, Kevin Hart plays a jock turned scrawny sidekick, Karen Gillan plays a socially awkward misfit turned sexy badass, and Jack Black plays a popular girl turned overweight middle aged man (which is hilarious). Nick Jonas even plays someone similar to Alan Parish. The star power, body swap humor, video game references, and jungle based action are what make Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle work so well. Even earning the movie a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a major box office gross. It seems like movies about video games are always better than movies based on video games. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is on a whole other level of entertainment.
Followed by: Jumanji: The Next Level