The sequel to Robin Williams cult classic offers up an incredibly charming cast to deliver a humour update to the source material.
In this movie four teenagers becomes trapped in a video game, and has to play their way out in the magical world of Jumanji. They have three lives, and if they die, they die in the real life. The lead character is a geeky skinny boy who becomes the main hero of the game portrayed by Dwayne Johnson.
The acting of the video game characters are amazing. Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan Jack Black and Kevin Hart and the chemistry between them are amazing. Jack Black is the video game character of Bethany, a self absorbed spoiled diva and Black does some of his best acting ever trying to balance the character of Bethany and the obese middleaged Doctor Shelly Oberon.
Karen Gillans Ruby Roundhouse is quite the annoying character, she is an amazing actress but her outfit is so sexualized it is close to obnoxious. In todays Hollywood they really could have treated an actress with that much quality better than they do.
The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, who har previously worked with Jack Black on a lot of movies and he is pretty faithful to the original material. There are several allusions to the 1995 film. The cinematography is done by Gyula Pados, who has previously done work on the Maze Runner films, and the frames are astonishing to look at.
The visual effects are decent, and the animation of the animals is pretty good. Several scenes from the video game scenarios look impressive. Henry Jackman has composed the score, and the music is amazing to listen to.
Do we really need Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? Not really, but the film still manages to impress due to the intensity of the cast and that fact that it is just plain stupid fun, which is what a good comedy should be. It is not nearly close enough to the original, but it still manages to deliver a solid fantasy comedy film.