– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan is set to be released this December. The film is going to be a sequel to the original Jumanji film that starred the late Robin Williams, Kristen Dunst, and Bradley Pierce in 1995. It’s about two kids who find a magical board game and as they play it they release a man who had been trapped there for decades, but in doing so also release other dangers that can only be returned by finishing the game. The film is an adaptation of the self-titled children’s book published in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg. How will this sequel connect with the original film which is 22 years old? As a courtesy I am going to put a SPOILER ALERT as the topic at hand deals with some of the scenes in the film.

Thanks to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter with Jack Black on the sidelines of CineEurope in Barcelona we have some idea of what to expect. This is what he had to say about the differences between the two films:

“[In the original] you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.”

The film actually takes place inside game where Alan Parrish, Robin William’s character, was trapped in for so many years. Speaking of Robin Williams, Black also commented on how his character from the 1995 film plays a role in the film:

“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death,” he said. “But while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Williams’ character Alan Parrish]. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.”

It will be great to see what Alan Parrish went through in that mysterious jungle land that is found inside the game. Although I am very happy to see this film get a sequel, I fear that the gap between films is too far and a lot of the younger generation won’t be able to connect the two. Also, my biggest issue is the casting of both Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. I think that they are in too many films, and we are getting to a point where although they have had some good films, we need to see some different faces on the big screen. Because of the nostalgia, and also curiosity about the jungle world, I will definitely be watching this. Does Jumanji interest you? Does the casting make you want to watch the film more or less? Chime in below!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hit theaters December 20, 2017.


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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.