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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.

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Jake Kasdan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Spencer
Kevin Hart ... Fridge
Jack Black ... Bethany
Karen Gillan ... Martha
Rhys Darby ... Nigel
Bobby Cannavale ... Van Pelt
Nick Jonas ... Alex
Alex Wolff ... Young Spencer
Ser'Darius Blain ... Young Fridge
Madison Iseman ... Young Bethany
Morgan Turner ... Young Martha
Sean Buxton Sean Buxton ... Jogger
Mason Guccione ... Gamer
Marin Hinkle ... Spencer's Mom
Tracey Bonner ... Fridge's Mom
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Storyline

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, 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, to be played by others without break. Written by Sony Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumanji 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,169,328, 24 December 2017

Gross USA:

$404,515,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$962,076,292
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2.39 : 1
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Production Designer Owen Patterson's credits include Captain America: Civil War, Godzilla, The Green Hornet, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, Gods of Egypt, Red Planet, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. See more »

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At 4:08 when Moose enters the scene, his necklace which shows his jersey number 94 is on backwards. The scene cuts to his mother, and then back to him when at 4:23 you can now see the number is facing forward. See more »

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Welcome to the Jungle
Written by Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash (as Saul Hudson), Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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The most fun you can have with Jack Black.
21 December 2017 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

In 1995, Joe Johnston ("The Rocketeer", "Captain America: The First Avenger") directed "Jumanji" - a quirky, fantastical and dark film starring the late, great Robin Williams that got a rough critical reception at the time of release, but was embraced by the public and has gone on to be a modern classic. So when it was announced that a sequel was in the works 22 years later, my first reaction was "Oh no... is nothing sacred?". It's fair to say that I went into this flick with extremely low expectations.

But I have to say that - given this low base - I was pleasantly surprised. It's actually quite a fun fantasy film that I predict that older kids will adore.

Initially set (neatly) in 1995, a teen - Alex (Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers) unearths the board game Jumanji where it ended up buried in beach-sand at the end of the last film. "Who plays board games any more?" he scoffs, which the game hears and morphs into a game cartridge. Cheesy? Yes, but no more crazy than the goings on of the first film. Back in 2017, four high-school teens - geeky Spencer (Alex Wolff, "Patriot's Day"); sports-jock Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain); self-obsessed beauty Bethany (Madison Iseman); and self-conscious, nerdy and shy Martha (Morgan Turner) - find the game and are sucked into it, having to complete all the game levels before they can escape.

But they are not themselves in the game; they adopt the Avatars they chose to play: Dr Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson, "San Andreas"); Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart, "Get Hard"); Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan, "Dr Who", "The Circle"; "Guardians of the Galaxy"); and Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black, "Sex Tape", "Kong"). Can they combine their respective game talents - and suppress the human mental baggage they brought with them - to escape the game?

There was a really dark time-travelling angle to the storyline of the original film - the traumatic start of Disney's "Flight of the Navigator" was perhaps also borrowed from the concept in the book by Chris Van Allsburg - and an attempt is made to recreate this in the sequel. The first film rather pulled its punches though in favour of a rather Hollywood ending: will this be the case this time?

The film delivers laughs, but in a rather inconsistent fashion - it is mostly smile-worthy rather than laugh-out-loud funny. Much fun is had with the sex change of Bethany's character, with Jack Black's member featuring - erm - prominently. The characters all have strengths and weaknesses, like a game of Top Trumps, and this also entertains. But the most humour derives from the "three lives and it's game over" device giving the opportunity for various grisly ends, often relating to the above referenced weaknesses.

Given the cast that's been signed up, the acting is not exactly first rate although Karen Gillan shines as the brightest star. But "it's not bloody Shakespeare" so ham-acting is not that much of a problem and the cast all have fun with their roles. Dwayne Johnson in particular gets to play out of character as the 'nerd within the hunk', and his "smouldering look" skill - arched eyebrow and all - is hilarious. Rhys Darby, looking so much like Hugh Jackman that I had to do several double takes, also turns up as an English game-guide in a Land Rover, and Bobby Cannavale ("Ant Man") is Van Pelt, the villain of the piece.

There has been much controversy over Karen Gillan's child-sized outfit. But she is clearly a parallel to the well-endowed Lara Croft, and young male teens didn't play that game for the jungle scenery! She is meant to be a hot and sexy video game character, and man - does she deliver! Gillan is not just hot in the film: she is #lavahot. This makes her comic attempts at flirting lessons (as the internally conflicted Martha) especially funny. Hats off to her stunt doubles as well, for some awe-inspiring martial arts fight scenes.

Fans of "Lost" will again delight in the Jumanji scenery, surely one of the most over-used film locations in Hawaii if not the world!

Where the film gets bogged down is in too much cod-faced philosophizing over the teenager's "journeys". This is laid on in such a clunky manner in the early (slow!) scenes that the script could have been significantly tightened up. And as I said above, the script - written, rather obviously, by a raft of writers - could have been so much funnier. Most of the humour comes from visually seeing what's happening: not from the dialogue.

Directed by Jake Kasdan (son of director and Star Wars/Raiders screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan) it's really not half as bad as it could have been or as I feared, and I would gladly watch it again. For it's target audience, which is probably kids aged 10 to 14, I think they will love it. And, unlike many holiday films, the parents won't be totally bored either (especially the Dads, for the obvious misogynistic reasons outlined above!).


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