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Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle Review

Emaure Mack, Santa Fe Staff Writer

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21 years after the release of the 1995 fictional action movie Jumanji,  the sequel titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is taking a modern twist on the original film with new actors and plenty of smiles. The premise of the movie is that four teens find themselves in detention and discover a seemingly innocent game called Jumanji and play it. Transformed and trapped inside the game, they turn into the character they have chosen, having to use their individual skills to finish the game or die trying.

There are many incredible and popular actors in the new sequel such as; comedians Kevin Hart and Jack Black and actor and actress, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Karen Gillan. The amazing and sparkling cast adds so much to character and charm to the film, really hammering in the movie’s playful and straightforward humor.

As of January 14, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has grossed $283.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $383 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $666.2 million (rottentomatoes.com).

Jumanji is a fun, family-friendly movie that is sure to gain laughs for almost every person in the theatre. Stemming from the hilarious concepts of today’s video games, while playfully joking about some stereotypical qualities of today’s films and characters, Jumanji does a great job of being average in a unique way.

However, as a sequel to the events of the 1995 film, it does a poor job of following the story and giving any nostalgia to watchers of the original film. I believe the film is robust and enjoyable however repetitive at some points,  it’s funny and punchline jokes and incredible cast brings joy but the film plays off a lot of basic stereotypes that downgrades its quality.

 

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