Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.
My partner and I decided to check out the new Jumanji film last week just before Christmas when we were in desperate need of a shopping break. I was excited to see it as I am a big fan of The Rock and the trailers looked hilarious, but I had no idea I would love it as much as I did.
The new Jumanji shows the game evolving to fit the era it’s in and becomes a video game in the 80’s. Much like Alan Parrish a poor unsuspecting boy was sucked into the game, but as he was the only one playing everyone just thought he disappeared. Flash forward to present day where a group of teenagers find the game and all get sucked in as well and become the avatars they chose. You have a great group of characters played by Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas. Everyone is this is hilarious and Jack Black’s portrayal of a teenage girl addicted to social media was one of the funniest roles in the film. I am not usually a big fan of reboots but this was such a great homage to the original, while forming it’s own new set of rules that allows for more movies to be made in the future. There were all the classic 80’s video game tropes, great laughs and even a callback to the original film where Nick Jonas’ character states “this is Alan Parrish’s house, I’m just living in it.”.
This is a film that I could very much watch again and again. The Rock took a beloved franchise and knocked it out of the park once again. I give this movie 5 stars!