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Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle (PG) Star­ring: Dwayne John­son, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gil­lan Re­view: Ce­cilia Allen Com­bin­ing char­ac­ter com­edy, fan­tasy and ad­ven­ture, Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle is an en­ter­tain­ing film which will ap­peal to all ages.

In the 1995 film Ju­manji star­ring Robin Wil­liams, a mag­i­cal board game un­leashed jun­gle crea­tures and havoc on a small town. Here, Ju­manji re­ceives a video game up­grade.

Four high school stu­dents and the un­like­li­est of friends — nerds Spencer and Martha, pop­u­lar girl Bethany and jock Fridge — land in de­ten­tion, where they dis­cover the games con­sole which trans­ports them to the mys­te­ri­ous land of Ju­manji.

The kids are stuck in avatar bod­ies which don’t suit their per­son­al­i­ties, ul­ti­mately lead­ing them on a path of self-dis­cov­ery.

Spencer is the strong Dr Smolder Brave­stone (Dwayne John­son), jock Fridge is jit­tery side­kick Mouse Fin­bar (Kevin Hart), wall­flower Martha is badass Ruby Round­house (Karen Gil­lan), and shal­low pop­u­lar girl Bethany is tubby mid­dle-aged man Pro­fes­sor Oberon (Jack Black).

To win the game, the group must re­turn a mys­te­ri­ous crys­tal to its proper place, with cliche bad guy (Bobby Can­navale) and his hench­men seek­ing to stop them, be­fore ex­haust­ing all their lives.

Al­though it may not com­pare to the Ju­manji that de­lighted fans more than two decades ago, Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle works as a stand­alone film.

It might also ig­nite a new fol­low­ing of younger fans who will most likely want to see the orig­i­nal.

The film opens in cin­e­mas on Box­ing Day.

Kevin Hart, Dwayne John­son, Karen Gil­lan and Jack Black star in Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle.

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