(This is Jumanji: The Next Level film review, which is the sequel to the 2017 film)
Sequels of many films have been the common sights recently in Hollywoods, especially so for the superheroes genre. But now a new challenger has arrived in the form of a video game, and Jumanji: The Next Level brings its own weight to grace us on the silver skin! And it looks upgraded, as if it has just leveled up!
It’s directed by the same director Jake Kasdan and features the mostly similar casts and some new ones such as Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman. Without further ado, let’s get to the Jumanji: The Next Level film review below!
Some time has passed since the events from the first film, but when Spencer kept the pieces of the Jumanji video game and tries to repair it, he unknowingly sends everyone…plus his own grandfather and his friend into the game. With new level comes a new nemesis, and could they win the game with 2 newcomers who have never played it before?
Jumanji: The Next Level Film Review
Honestly, the story is pretty predictable and formulaic
Honestly, the story is pretty predictable and formulaic. But in this case, it doesn’t really matter as we all know that the new series has never prioritised much on storytelling. This is especially so for this sequel, as comedy is the main flavour of this genre. I must say that the premise is even simpler and has less interesting pieces compared to the first movie. But this is due to us already getting used to how the new Jumanji game works, and thus the mystery veil has been lifted.
I would say the premise is a one star at best, as the climax is not really satisfying and there are many clichés moments. However, the comedy is top rate, and I love this film for it. It’s thanks to the wonderful performances of the actors, as well as the changes to how each character can take one different avatars that create more hilarious moments.
However, the comedy is top rate
It also gives a fresh twist where most of the original characters do not play as the same Avatars as the last film, such as Dr. Bravestone now being played by Spencer’s grandfather – Eddie. This makes the whole sequel feel new and interesting instead of rehashing the same formula all over again.
Pacing is pretty slow in the beginning, but it picks up the pace right in the 15 mins mark. Overall it’s pretty decent, and the pacing helps to keep things interesting by superseding serious moments with comedic ones.
CGI wise, this film always has that fake CGI look
CGI wise, this film always has that fake CGI look, or a lower quality special effect. You can tell which ones are CGI, and even some of the animals look quite fake and not realistic at all. But this does not distract us from enjoying the movie, as its similar to the first film where the premise and CGI are never the main points of this film series.
Now, the characters are more diverse with 2 additional characters that bring about more funny moments than I thought. First of all, I must praise the actors for their excellent performances in playing multiple personalities. As this game introduces the concept of swapping Avatars in-game, it allows us to witness the capability of the actors to act out different roles convincingly and hilariously.
it allows us to witness the capability of the actors to act out different roles convincingly and hilariously
The character range from the youngsters to 2 old men, and each has a particular style of speaking as well as the accents. Thus the actors such as Dwayne and Kevin Hart have to portray and act out differently according to the characters they are playing. And they did this wonderfully, with me seeing Dwayne swapping from a neutral accent to one of Jersey accent and with old people’s way of speaking. And Kevin Hart playing as a wiser slower-speaking old man is a great watch too!
Now, Jack Black is also doing great with his role of portraying Feige and Bethany, one with more masculine black people way of talking and suddenly turn into a girlish tone and body language. One thing I don’t really like about this movie is the final enemy is not as pronounced and easily forgettable, and the fight scene with him is too short.
Also, the character Switchblade is totally underused, which I felt is a waste as his potential in this film could be so much more, seeing that he appears as Dr. Bravestone’s only weakness. Too bad his role in this film is less than 5 mins of screentime.
Jack Black is also doing great with his role of portraying Feige and Bethany
The soundtrack is pretty good and it helps with the atmosphere and mood building. But otherwise, they are not really memorable.