Kids, are you sick of the same old board games?
Is the idea of a game like Jumanji unappealing to you because it’s oh-so-analogue? Don’t worry kids, because the jungle adventure game now comes in a video game version with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as an avatar!
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle takes place years after the events in the 1995 movie which starred the late Robin Williams as Alan Parrish.
In that movie, Alan is a kid when he finds a mysterious board game. The game provides a series of challenges for its players to overcome. The goal is to survive the challenges and finish the game. Problem is, these challenges come to life in the form of raging monkeys, giant mosquitoes and a trigger-happy hunter. Alan eventually gets sucked into the game and stays in the jungle for over 20 years.
In this sequel, Jumanji the board game literally transforms itself into a gaming cartridge. A group of four typical high school kids (nerd, jock, popular girl and loser) who hate each other will have to overcome their differences and learn to work together through a risky game of Jumanji.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle keeps things interesting because unlike the previous movie, this time viewers get to see what happens in the world of the game. The high schoolers who get sucked into the game become the opposite of their personas. You’ll see Spencer Gilpin the nerd (Alex Wolff) as the suave and strong Dr Smolder Bravestone (Johnson) while the self-absorbed popular girl Bethany (Madison Iseman) … is uhh Jack Black as Professor Sheldon Oberon. It’s fun to see Black embracing his feminine side for comedic effects.
Then you get fighter Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) who is the loser girl’s avatar and vertically-challenged zoologist Franklin (Kevin Hart as his usual highly-strung, screaming self) is the jock. The adventure is on as the players have to figure out how to finish the game so they can return to the real world.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has the right combination of action and heart. Survival is the key to completing the game and viewers will be entertained by the endless number of chase and fight sequences.
There’s also some intriguing puzzles for our players to solve and the stakes are real as we learn they each only have three lives. You can’t help but wonder what happens if they die in the game.
Plus, the movie does a great job at giving each character their moment to shine. We learn that there’s more to the high schoolers than their labels.
While they are playing an adventure game that emphasises on teamwork, the characters are also on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. Isn’t that what life is about?
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle serves as an entertaining reminder that the game of life may be difficult but it gets better with the right company.
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner