“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”: A movie that will surpass all of your expectations

Poster for "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" Photo Credit: Edwin Torres

By Edwin Torres ’18

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is a movie that is full of action, comedy, and a very fun time. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is a sequel to the “Jumanji” and follows Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha as they all get in trouble and sent to detention. In detention, they’re assigned to clean the school basement and while they’re cleaning, they come upon a video game console with a game called “Jumanji.” Unwilling to clean, they connect the console to a T.V. and pick characters only to find themselves being sucked into the game. In the game, they find out that they’re in the bodies of the characters they chose. They soon discover that they have special abilities and the only way to leave the game is to win without running out of the three lives they each have.

I went into the movie very skeptical. I hoped that the movie would live up to the original “Jumanji.” I was very pleased and surprised at how well the movie was. It didn’t try to be like the original and had its own story that although was more or less the same as “Jumanji,” and was still a very unique one.

The thing that stood out the most about the movie was the actors. Each actor did a phenomenal job portraying the teenage versions of the main characters. Dwayne Johnson played the role of a scrawny and self conscious teenager, Jack Black played a teenage girl who is addicted to technology, Kevin Hart played a popular jock, and Karen Gillan played a shy and self conscious teenager. What made the movie better in terms of cast was the fact that the actors played people who are the complete opposite of what they are used to playing. It made the movie feel new and not a film with recycled actors. The actor that stood out the most was Black playing Bethany. Black made everyone in the theater, including myself, laugh anytime he cracked jokes.

A problem with comedies are how predictable they are, but with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” I found myself surprised at how unpredictable the movie was. It kept me on the edge of my seat while also dying of laughter.

Despite the laughs, the thing I disliked the most about the movie was the villian. The villain isn’t shown often and is not as intimidating as a villain should be. At the end when the group came together to fight the villain, I didn’t feel any tension or suspense because the villain wasn’t given a personality.

Overall, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is a movie that is definitely worth watching and although it won’t give you the same feeling the first “Jumanji” did, it will make up for it with action, comedy, and a fantastic story.

  • 1h 52m
  • Action, Adventure, and Comedy movie
  • PG-13