I was sceptically excited and scared upon the announcement of this sequel since the original movie has always been close to my heart and was a fond part of my childhood.
Going in, I wasn't quite sure how "Welcome to the Jungle" was going to tie itself into the universe and if I would like the new direction. It could've easily been an awful disaster, but I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this modern interpretation of Jumanji.
This movie knows exactly what it is and doesn't take itself too seriously, has good pacing and the perfect balance of action to character development. I was also surprised to see the amount of attention to detail, every plot is resolved by the end of the movie along with a majority of questions that you could ask. I thought the concept of the characters was interesting and unique and was utilized very well.
Additionally, if you've spent the past 22 years wondering what happened at the beach after the credits of Jumanji rolled, worry not, you will get your answer.
This sequel/spiritual successor has the perfect amount of nods and tie-in's into the original lore and handles that mission just as good as Jurassic World.
Overall a good action adventure story with a moral purpose and a core message.This is a fun pop-corn filled roller-coaster ride for any age. It's the kind of movie that you can join mid-way while flipping through the channels and stay tuned until the end. It doesn't quite have the magic of the original but maybe that's just because I'm getting old or maybe it's because the one and only Robin Williams isn't with us anymore.
You definitely can't go wrong with this one so feel free to take your kids/girlfriend/family to go see it. I promise you that you won't hate it as much as Star Wars (but that's a review for next week).
I give "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" a solid 7.5 out of 10.
The original Jumanji is actually criminally under-rated and somehow holds a minuscule 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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