Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the action-adventure-comedy film directed and co-written by Jake Kasdan starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan in the leading roles. The film is a loosely coupled sequel to Jumanji (1995) following the adventures around the same game named Jumanji.

The film sets twenty-one years after the events of the first film, whereafter once dismissal by a teenager the game has transformed itself into a console video game cassette. After twenty years, the film follows four high school teenagers who come across this same action-adventure console game in which they’ve to select the characters. As they starts the game holding the gamepad in hand, they get sucked into the video game world of Jumanji, and playing as the character avatars they chose, must win the game in order to return to the real world.

The film is a standalone but intriguing sequel to Jumanji (1995). The film has some really cool visual effects and action scenes which can be experienced better with IMAX or 4DX. At first, the film quickly rolls over all the four real-world characters with very less introduction, but as the film jumps to their counterpart characters in the game, in-depth character development is explored. Each of lead character has some weight and have its own moments. Kevin Hart and Jack Black shine in their comic roles, as they always do. The story is a bit fast-paced at some places yet compelling enough to grab the audiences’ attention. The villain character is just wasted, having zero character development. The film also gives a sincere tribute to Robin Williams, star of the first film, one of the best moment in the film.

Verdict : A comedy entertainer, worth a watch.

Rating : 3.5/5

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