“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

21 December, 2017

Director: Jake Kasdan
Screenwriters: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner
Director of Photography: Gyula Pados
Dwayne JohnsonJack BlackKevin Hart

Synopsis: A mismatched foursome fight for survival after plugging into a jungle-based video game during high school detention and waking up inside the bodies of the avatars they chose.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review:

The kind of dopey performance funfair that one might expect from a contemporary reboot of a family classic, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is yet another cash before creativity blockbuster, proving just a tad better than the average Christmas turkey but far from in the realm of tasteful viewing. Appealing to the lowest common denominator with impossible made-for-3D action sequences and rustic comedy, the film sees a jungle kerfuffle set to the familiar stomp of a popular mid-90s adventure movie, doing the bare minimum to earn its title while languidly referencing a familiar subject matter and letting the advertising do the rest of the work.

Asserting its place as part of a newly envisioned franchise yet stumbling at the first hurdle with an in-game universe that pales in comparison to Chris Van Allsburg’s original picture book, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” feels inadvertently blasé in its disrespect for the story’s primary selling points, utilising a well-known game and a recognisable name but struggling to justify its relocation to a once off-screen jungle setting. Missing the mischief of table-top monkeys and small town stampedes, the film relies almost entirely on the interactive qualities of its players, acing it on a gender-swapped Jack Black whose fabulous performance is matched only by the tangible discomfort seen on Dwayne Johnson’s face as he struggles to feel at home inside his Action Man body.

An embarrassing reminder of how times have changed and what we’ve lost in the process, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” scoffs at the past and hides from a ludicrous comic villain, jumping between levels without a concrete structure and encapsulating almost every aspect of a distracted, self-obsessed millennial culture. Written for the bargain bin and likely to date easily as the years go by, “Jumanji” is the product of a spit-up screenplay with few ambitions; a container for two hours of heroic tomfoolery, a few forgettable laughs and some predictable out-of-body romance.


Review Date
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle