Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the sequel to the 1995 film which starred the deceased Robbie Williams. After more than 2 decades, could this unexpected sequel be the result of a greatly thought out sequel or perhaps it’s been milked to its demise? And with the cast of famous actors such as The Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, would this film be able to capture your heart just as the original did? Let’s delve below to find out!
Back in 1996, a young man found the Jumanji board game by accident and is absorbed into it, leaving no trace until twenty years later, when 4 high school kids accidentally find the board game in the school’s detention locker room and are then transported into the game world in different bodies. Would they be able to survive the game with their 3 lives?
Alright, I have to admit, I went in without expecting anything from this film as I don’t have much confidence in a sequel that is released after 20 years from the original film. However, as it features the Rock and Jack Black, I figured that I could use some laughs, and also partly because I watched with my family, thus I did not need to pay for the ticket XD
First of all, the narrative is still very cliche and heavily predictable, or should I say, completely predictable, so don’t really expect any big twists in the story. However, aside from the narrative, the film actually surprised me with its pacing, characters, humour, and soundtracks. As for the pacing, they are perfectly paced, with no boring moments that allowed me to go to the toilet, which was pretty unexpected. The film keeps the fun, adventurous and comedic atmosphere throughout from the beginning until the end. The characters are a strong point of the film, and the actors are well deserved high praises for their acting skills and comedy delivery. I laughed for almost every 5 mins as I watched the great chemistry between the actors as they delivered their lines with a certain amount of humorous body languages. The humour really helps to elevate the film from a bad sequel to a pretty good sequel that seems to be more fun than the original, which is something I would not have guessed by looking at the film poster and the trailer. Lastly, the soundtrack is pretty good at raising and keeping the tension, the laughs, and the awesomeness!