Opened: December 20, 2017
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Mason Guccione, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, Marin Hinkle, Missi Pyle, Maribeth Monroe & Marc Evan Jackson
Although fans of the original 1995 film might be weary of this reboot, Jumanji creatively adapts the classic story for modern day while also paying homage to it and star Robin Williams.
While in detention, Spencer (Alex Wolff), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Martha (Morgan Turner) discover an old video game called Jumanji. They get sucked into a new world and become the avatars they chose to play.
Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan play fantastic versions of the teens stuck in new bodies. They smartly question some of the stereotypical video game roles. Black in particular is hilarious as he acts as a teenage girl in a man’s body.
The action is sharp and mixes perfectly with the comedy of the script making this a thrilling yet funny adventure.
Final say: Ready for more. ★★★★★