Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Vassily S., Writer

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5 Stars out of 5

In this hilarious movie, a star-studded cast (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan) always keeps the laughs going. Though it isn’t for nostalgia-seeking adults hoping for a satisfying sequel to the original Jumanji, the new Jumanji is a good movie for the family. Filled with action, suspense and a tad bit of romance, this movie seems to have a little bit for everyone, even gamers.

The movie begins with a bit of backstory.  A man, running on the beach finds a mysterious box in the sand. He gives it to his older son, who finds it disappointing, and then puts it away. Overnight, it becomes a cartridge for an Atari-era game and the boy gets sucked into it. Fast forward about 20 years and you are left with a group of 4 high schoolers in detention. Enter Spencer, a video game nerd, Fridge, a big football player, Martha, a girl who only cares about how successful she is/will be, and Bethany, a self-absorbed, social-media-obsessed popular girl. While cleaning what is to be a new computer lab for the school, Fridge finds a console, and the group starts playing. They choose their players, Spencer choosing Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Fridge with “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart), Marth picks Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) and thinking the character is a girl, Bethany picks Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (Jack Black). They are teleported into the game and realize that they each have only three lives to return the jewel of Jumanji to the massive statue of the Jaguar and that they have a jungle full of obstacles waiting.

Aside from humor, the character development in this movie was the best element. You could see how a group of polar opposites changed to be friends and how the main characters became more open and like how Bethany changed, their personalities improved. Kevin Hart and “The Rock” are a dynamic duo, and with Jack Black added to the mix, the movie was filled with jokes and gags that had the whole theater laughing at certain points. Mr. Black did an unbelievably superb portrayal of Bethany trapped in a man’s body, often making many hilarious jokes and comments. With these two elements, and a witty plot and graphic effects, this movie definitely deserves a watch — and 5 stars (out of 5).

[NOTE: Spoilers were avoided in this article in the hope of getting others to read it.