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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Actually Pretty Great!

Consider me a believer! I had zero faith in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle when it was either announced or we saw those first trailers. I loved the original, like we all did, and felt a sequel 20 years later was a dumb idea. That never works.

But let me tell you, I went and saw it in the theaters yesterday and that movie is delightful! Make no mistake, it really is just a jungle adventure movie, like I predicted, lacking the unique spirit/concept of the original. But the characters and especially the cast are to die for!

Oh, also, to keep this post Jumanji-related, here’s the Honest Trailer for the original.

Anyway, I’m not going to do a full review for Jumanji: Into the Jungle. I just wanted to share with you all how much fun I had with the movie. Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart make for one of the best ensemble casts I’ve seen all year! None of them is a weak link and they all get more than a few chances to really shine.

The central concept is that they play a bunch of high schoolers sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji. So they’re not just standard action hero characters. They all play insecure teenagers thrust into a crazy situation, each of them struggling with their own flaws while trying to stay calm and impress each other. It works out great!

And I legit teared up during the emotional climax, you all. Not ashamed to say it. They earned that ending!

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About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on December 21, 2017, in Movies, Parody and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My only problem with the movie was that it was called Jumanji, they could have literally called it anything else, that only shows how little faith Hollywood has in new IP, when they slap the name in something unrelated just to get some money out of the name recognition.

    Which is a shame because everybody I know agrees that the movie is a lot of fun.

    • Oh yeah, there’s definitely a problem with Hollywood and clinging to name brands and known franchises. But I’m not going to fault the actual movie for that. Plus I kind of dig the ties to the original. Like the final twist there, no spoilers, and how it ties into one of the final twists of the original. I thought that worked quite well.

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