JUMANJI REBOOT FUN FOR ALL AGES
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.