Movie Review-Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a remake of the original 1995 movie which stared Robin Williams. However, this version has been updated. Now, instead of the game coming alive, the four main characters, including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, play avatars that are sucked in to the game.
Jumanji is a great adventure/comedy with the actors playing characters who are entirely unlike their movie counterparts. The movie begins with a "Breakfast Club" vibe, with four teenagers from different social statuses spending time in detention. That's where the find the video game and the adventure begins.
When they are sucked into the game the four high school teens must now come together to play their way out of the game; with each player assigned three lives or they will die in the game for real.
The pursuit to win the game is a great adventure and the characters are a laugh a minute. Both Kevin Hart and Jack Black's characters deliver most of the comedy. Hart plays Fridge, a high school football players who is about two feet taller than his avatar and Jack Black, who's avatar is Professor Shelly Oberon in the game, is Bethany; a popular teenage girl in the real world and he plays the professor like a spoiled girl through out the movie.
Dewayne Johnson does most of the heavy lifting on the adventure part of the movie, along with Karen Gillian, who plays Martha, a real high school geek who plays a "Laura Croft Tomb Raider" type character in the game.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a great family film and suitable for all ages. It's rated PG-13 and runs at 1 hour and 59 minutes. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I give it a Jumbo.