When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of–Jumanji–they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji–you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives – and change the way they think about themselves -or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…
Jumanji reboot Welcome to the Jungle a happy surprise – a movie that turns out to be good (almost clean) fun, and is much more interested in character and comedy than special effects.
one of the most fun movie-going experiences I’ve had this year. Huge kudos go to Johnson, Hart and especially Black for providing some truly entertaining performances.
It is smarter and more humorous than the first movie, and its digital effects – which include stampeding albino rhinos and mountain-scraping aerobatics – are far snazzier, as one would expect.