While the original Jumanji certainly doesn’t qualify as a cinematic classic, it definitely holds a special place in family film history due to the participation of screen and comedy legend, Robin Williams. So, it was a mild surprise when Sony Pictures announced their intention to make a sequel to the 1990’s hit. The ears of the industry perked up when it was revealed that the studio had secured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Furious 7), Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence), Jack Black (Goosebumps), and Karen Gillian (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2), in the lead roles.
The casting signaled a change of direction, despite the project being touted as a direct sequel and now we have a full understanding of the new take on the action-comedy. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is updating the board game found in the original and changing it to a video game for the modern age. Essentially the sequel will be a satire on gamer and cyber culture. The sequel follows four teenagers who are transported inside of the Jumanji video game and find themselves in the bodies of various avatars, all played by the leads.
It looks as if the movie is set up to stand on its own, however it’s hard to not imagine that there will be Easter eggs for fans of the original scattered throughout the jungle. It also should be noted that this is another pairing of The Rock and Hart after hosting the MTV Movie Awards and starring in Central Intelligence. The Rock is coming off of one of his biggest box-office disappointments with Baywatch, while Hart has been dealing with a bevy of his own personal problems. So, it will be interesting to see if their box-office power is still strong, or if the cookie-cutter family-approved formula for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, will wear thin with moviegoers. Check out the official trailer:
Still don’t know to think of it? Then check out the international trailer:
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a braveexplorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
Still undecided? Then you will have to wait until December 20th, 2017 when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens.
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