This was my first movie of the new year. I wanted to see this movie but my girlfriend wanted to see it more. I was more wanting to see StarWars but I will just have to wait to see that another time.
I had an idea of what this movie was going to be about from the short glimpse of the previews I saw but I was wrong in thinking it was going to be a remake of the original Jumanji. The movie actually plays out in todays present age but instead of the game coming alive in the characters world, they go into the world of the game. I like this difference and appreciate the originality.
The cast was a good group and kept me laughing the whole time. Jack Black stared as one of the lead roles in this film and his style of comedy is always uniquely funny. Their dynamic was interesting being like a group from the breakfast club in detention, made up of both geeks and popular kids. But I especially like how it takes you for a role reversal when they get their new identities in the game. You would never think who is who.
Being in the video game Jumamji is much like playing a real video game which they nailed down pretty well in keeping as legit as possible, this aspect was also funny. The game characters strengths and weaknesses were another big knee slapped in the film and I liked how they spaced out reviewing these as well each of there roles in screen time, giving them each equal importance.
The producers made a smart move in bringing back some of the old characters and tying in the transition from the old Jumanji into this one. The movie had a good beginning middle and end. With a steady progression through the story and a happy ending.
One thing I didn’t like about the movie was the story it self. The story was sort of bland. I think they could have done better making it a more exciting game and what they had to do to save Jumanji. Another area I would like to have seen more of is more thrills. They did their part with the comedy but I was wanting to be on the edge of my seat like the first one had me. Finally I think the Jumanji characters were pretty lame, both humans and animals alike. The old one shore had them beat here as well.
To rap things up I would say this is a good movie to see if you can still catch it in theaters. Also you might try the 3D version which could be promising.