Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) Review

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

Directed by Jake Kasdan

Based on Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks, Missi Pyle

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Set twenty-one years after the first film, the film follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, and playing as the characters they chose, must beat the game in order to return home. The film is also a tribute to Robin Williams, star of the original.

My Opinion:

I’ll be honest – I really liked this movie. It was exactly what I was in the mood for the other day. I needed a fun, chill-out, popcorn movie.

The first Jumanji isn’t exactly near & dear to my heart as I wasn’t the right age for it when it came out (I was in my damn 20s already. Shit I’m old). It’s a good family classic, though. I watched it again a couple of weeks ago with my daughter to refresh my memory. Sheesh – I can’t say it has aged all that well. How terrible did those monkeys look?! Even the kid commented on that. However, she absolutely loved the film. I was surprised. So the story and the characters stand the test of time even if other things about the movie aren’t doing so well now.

As I like but don’t have some kind of huge childhood affection for the first film, I had zero issues with them updating the story for current times. I thought they did a really good job adapting it to a video game this time around and I actually prefer this film to the first one. But don’t tell my kid that – she still loves the first one much more. The story just feels far less messy in this one plus I enjoyed there being a lot more humor. And penis jokes. Lots of penis jokes! But as I’m an old woman with a Beavis & Butthead sense of humor, I appreciate a good penis joke.

The teenagers were all fine in this but we don’t spend loads of time with them as they become their avatars in the game. The avatars (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Karen Gillan) were great. I’ve not seen that many Dwayne Johnson films but I can say that this is the most I’ve ever liked him in a movie. He was very funny, as was Karen Gillan. There’s this whole flirting scene involving Gillan & Jack Black that’s pretty damn hilarious. Love him or hate him (I love him), Black seems to be having a lot of fun in this film and Kevin Hart also does well as his usual Kevin Hart self. You know what you’re gonna get with Black & Hart, though, so the bigger surprise was how funny Johnson & Gillan were.

Yeah, I really liked Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. As the kid gets older, I’m enjoying seeing more of these family films that are actually entertaining for the whole family instead of just the kids. But with penis jokes. Beware the penis jokes! I think this movie is aimed a bit older than the first Jumanji.

My Rating: 7.5/10

It looks like this is my last review of 2017. Hope you all have a fun New Year’s Eve! See you in 2018 with my end-of-year Best Of 2017 lists, starting tomorrow.

15 thoughts on “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) Review

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  2. I havenโ€™t gotten around to writing a review yet but I really enjoyed this one! I thought it was a fun action comedy that was better than I originally expected. Iโ€™d hadnโ€™t seen the original in probably 15+ years but remember liking it as a kid.

    • Glad you enjoyed this too! I actually thought it was really funny. And I’m picky on comedy. I’m just happy anytime there’s a good family film that the hubby & I can enjoy as well as the kid. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I thought it was really funny. I agree, I thought it was better than the original as well. I think Jack Black is a great actor but I don’t like most of the movies he likes to do. I think he totally nailed the part and was so funny. I think they all did great. Johnson’s family comedies are rather hit and miss, but this is one of his best.

  5. Finally got round to watching this tonight and thought it was a lot of fun. I don’t think it has the same level of originality as the first film, but I actually enjoyed watching it more. And, having said it had less originality, at least they took it in a new direction rather than just rehashing the concept.

    • Yay! Glad you enjoyed this. I feel the same way – the first film is more original but I definitely enjoyed watching this one more. Surprisingly, my kid prefers the original which she watched just before this. Huh. Usually it’s me who likes the originals and is snobby about the new versions of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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