Jumanji is one of those movies that played a key role in a lot of childhoods. Not only was the flick unexpectedly thrilling for a PG movie at the time, it also starred the late and great Robin Williams in a time when his involvement in anything meant great things to us. As such, when the idea came of rebooting or sequelizing the film, it was met with a lot of resistance. Would there be a point in retreading a film like it, and how would they make it stand out from the original?
Their direction became clear when they released a photo featuring stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. It seemed to tease a more standard jungle adventure, with the main cast acting as avatars for the kids. So whereas the first film unleashed a board game onto the real world, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would suck kids into a video game.
As one of the many skeptics out there, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. Sure, I love Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together, but I wasn’t convinced they’d be able to recapture the magic of the first one. That being said, based on the trailer, it doesn’t look to be trying to recapture that magic, but is actually going for a whole new tone and style. While that would normally be blasphemous, it may very well be the best approach for a flick like this.
Below is the official synopsis for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle:
"In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…"
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SOURCE: Sony Pictures