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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:50:32 am »
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
4 Stars out of 5

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a movie that honestly had no desire to see. Not because I heard bad things about it and whatnot, it just seemed like a movie that I wouldn't really get much out of. And then there was the fact that Kevin Hart was in it. It's not that I don't like him, it's just that pretty much every movie I have seen him in has been a disappointment. One thing I didn't know about JWTTJ is whether this was a remake, reboot or sequel to Robin Williams' Jumanji and having just watched the flick and barely remembering the first movie, I still don't know where this installment fits in. But you really don't need to know this at all to enjoy the movie, which I absolutely did. The core cast of  Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas made this flick hum along. And yes, even Kevin Hart was funny.

It's easy to label this as a modern day version of the Raiders of the Lost Ark formula. But it's got something else going on, something that I think makes me really like the movie a whole lot more and that's the fact that it takes a big chunk from of all things....The Breakfast Club. Yeah, you are probably thinking I'm full of sh*t. But it does owe a lot to TBC. You have a group of misfits that want nothing to do with each other being forces into detention and then through the course of the movie embracing who they are and bonding with the same people that have no desire to be associated with and ultimately changing for the better because of it. TBC. It has other influences like Big with regards to Body-Swapping as well. But yeah, at it's heart, Jumanji bleeds TBC. Cool story, fun adventure and the Epilogue is exactly what I wanted to see once they revert back to their kid selves. Definitely worth checking out.
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Re: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 12:27:04 pm »
It's a soft reboot/sequel.  Tim Matheson finds the old game from the end of the first movie, and it reconfigures itself into a video game.  The weird house they all stay in in the game was built by Robin Williams' character (the "Allan Parrish was here" graffiti), and when we see th elayout of the island, it matches the layout of the board game. 

 

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