Jumanji is a remake of the classic older film of the original Jumanji released in 1995. Whilst the original film focused on two kids who stumbled upon a magical old board game and meeting an old man (Robin Williams) who had been trapped in the game, not to even mention all of the different creatures and events from the board game that start coming into the real world. The newer Jumanji tells a different tale.
While the two are similar in events that happen and ‘lore,’ they both have their own unique humor and drama that make them enjoyable. Jumanji “Welcome to the Jungle” Is said to be a continuation of the older Jumanji, created 21 years later.
The story of the new Jumanji follows four teenagers from different backgrounds who all get detention one way or another. After school, their principle takes them to an area that they must clean up.
Upon cleaning, they discover a video game where they choose characters from the game Jumanji. From there, they face countless dangers and get themselves into many humorous situations.
The scenery of Jumanji was stunning, and for good reason. When they are taken into the video game, they are transported into a jungle. Upon further research, it turns out that it was filmed on location in Hawaii!
A number of exterior scenes were filmed on the island of Oahu, and a large number of scenes were filmed at Kualoa Ranch.
Overall, the film has good humor (If a bit raunchy at times), good actors, and beautiful scenes.
Reviews for the movies were overall very good with the rotten tomato count being 76%,
Many famous actors were included in the movie such as Kevin Hart, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black and even Karen Gillan.
And yes—Dwayne Johnson managed to keep his shirt on most of the time.
Otherwise, the film keeps true to its name, and manages to uphold its legacy from the first movie.
However, there seems to be one complaint about the movie universally. In the first Jumanji, Robin Williams, otherwise known as Alan Parrish, was trapped in the board. Of course, being trapped in there led to him aging.
However, in the new Jumanji movie, Nick Jonas, otherwise known as Alex, is stuck in the video game which takes him back to the original time period he lived in when he was sucked into the video game, which was in 1996, a year after Alan Parrish was sucked into the board game before him in the events of the original film. Many have complained that this is the one thing that the new Jumanji movie didn’t get right; however, what most realize is that it is a video game rather than a board game, so different rules apply.
Otherwise, the film was very highly praised. After reviewing the movie, I would have to give it a huge thumbs up!
The actors, the scenery and jokes made the film worthwhile watching overall, and it was a very enjoyable experience.