Jumanji is in theaters this weekend. Remember Robbin William’s masterpiece? This installment of the adventurous story is not a spot on it’s
Jumanji: Welcome To The JungleHollywood at it again with the usual tacky ploy.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
Jumanji is in theaters this weekend. Remember Robbin William’s masterpiece? This installment of the adventurous story is not a spot on it’s predecessor. The film is just another concoction of the most terrible kind of slapstick comedy, being shoved at us shamelessly. The dark and adventurous world of Jumanji, the ominous drums of which would strike fear in our hearts, and the animals of the wild, that would seem more terrifying than our worst nightmares, have been reduced to the predictable banality of a video game. The film will make you laugh, of course. However, it won’t add anything to your life. Jumanji is basically the Judwaa 2 of Hollywood. You can go in expecting nothing and come back with a few happy tears and forget about the film over dinner. Why is it so terrible? Read on:
First, let’s meet the actors:
Dwayne Jhonson as the hot guy
Jack Black as the good comic relief
Karen Gillan as the hot girl
Kevin Hart as the annoying comic relief
Nick Jonas as the younger hot guy
Bobby Cannavale as the villain
Jumanji starts off with the average wide-shot of a suburban house with an adolescent boy listening to metal on his ear-phones, oblivious to the rest of the world. He is gifted with the game of Jumanji, which is now available in a video-game format (just to keep things relevant). Jumanji obviously sucks him in. The rest is bad direction and distasteful slapstick comedy.
Drawing from the same themes of high-school hierarchy that were displayed many years ago by mean girls, Jumanji focuses on an odd group of teens that have no choice but to play together as a team and free themselves from the wild land. It’s a simple task, with a very stereotypical villain and an unrealistic goal. The film is about as predictable as a teen girl with an i-phone.
The actors have absolutely no trouble with acting, since they are playing themselves. The Rock plays the pretty boy on an adventure (as usual). Kevin Hart plays the clown (duh) and Jack Black plays the oddly-interesting comic. There are no twists, the themes are yesteryear and even the premise of the adventure seems thoroughly boring.
You will be laughing throughout the film, because the jokes are worse than those on a scripted reality show. You will never feel excitement or a rush of adrenaline or even a bit of melodrama. (Remember that this was supposed to be an adventure flick).
The screenplay is dull, as is the soundtrack. The only thing that stands out is Jack Black’s acting. It’s a high-school drama, in the wild with Rock as the lead. If that works for you, go ahead and book a ticket. If not, let this one go. You won’t be missing out on anything special. I give it 3/5 (out of pity).
You will like this film if: You like looking at Rock smile
You will dislike this film if: You go in expecting something similar to the earlier film
Best performance: Kevin Hart