I LOVE the original Jumanji and still have fond memories of seeing it in theaters back in December of 1995...so when I heard a remake had been green lit, I WAS NOT a happy camper. Once I realized it wasn’t a remake, but a reboot...a “pseudo-sequel”, if you will...I felt some better about it. However, as a lifelong Robin Williams fan, I was still uneasy about the prospects of a new Jumanji film without Williams’ involvement. Eventually, I warmed to the idea...those fantastic trailers that Paramount released leading up to the film really helped. Additionally, I felt good about Wayne Johnson and Kevin Hart re-teaming after their hilarious performances in Central Intelligence. Plus, Jack Freakin’ Black...enough said. Still, I was cautiously optimistic entering the theater to see Jumanji:Welcome To The Jungle.
Thankfully, any fears I had of this being a bloated, uninspired mess were quickly allayed. This film is pretty fantastic...FAR BETTER than it has any right to be...I was SO pleasantly surprised. The four leads have amazing chemistry together and the incredibly sharp and witty script showcases just how intrinsically funny they all are. This is one of the best “Popcorn flicks” to come along in quite some time...next to Thor Ragnarok it was easily the most fun I had at the theater all year in 2017. The film took me back to the days of the original film...the glorious 90’s...when big budget flicks like this were actually fun and entertaining, and knew how to draw you in with great characters and great storytelling. This brings me to my final point; this film somehow manages to do the OPPOSITE of what I was afraid it would do...it manages to successfully build upon the legacy of the original and cut it’s own path while still managing to be a beautiful tribute to the original. The decision to update Jumanji from a board game to a video game was truly inspired and brilliantly executed...resulting in plenty of hilarious inside jokes for us gamers. HIGHLY recommended! #jumanji #welcometothejungle #dwaynejohnson #therock #jackblack #kevinhart #karengillan #funny #exciting #action #bluray #bluraycollector #steelbook #steelbookcollector #cinephile #nowplaying