Viewed – 12 June 2018 online-rental
I find myself liking Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson more and more with every movie I see him in, and this sort-of sequel to the Robin Williams original has him on fine, comedic and action hero form joined by a colourful cast. He plays the videogame counterpart of a nerdy kid who along with a bunch of high school misfits, gets transported into the world of Jumanji after unwittingly powering up a videogame console.
By attempting to bring the board game comes to life idea of the first movie, up-to-date by making Jumanji a videogame, some of the charm is lost but replaced by a unique twist of the usual high school teen movie formula, and I certainly enjoyed seeing actors like Jack Black and Karen Gillan play somewhat the opposite of how they look for some great fun moments. Jack Black eyeing up The Rock, anyone?
I’d have liked to learn more about the world and what makes Jumanji what it is and it’s rules etc, but we get nothing. This goes hand in hand with the thin characterisation, that although playing on clichés, are still clichés regardless. Yet we do get some decent action and the people transported into a world with videogame logic works every bit as well (if not a little better) than it did in Ready Player One. So yes, this is easy watching and a lot of fun. However it’s not much more.
Verdict: 3 /5