Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a film no one asked for. While the original Jumanji made a bit of a splash in the 90s for a certain generation, no one was really pining to see that mythology actually continue. So when we found out that Dwayne Johnson would be headlining the film alongside Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, audiences still didn’t know what to make.
And then a trailer hit. Personally, the film looked like a lot of fun, and one that younger audiences would enjoy greatly, but I’ve said that about a lot of films that ended up being duds. Who was to say whether or not this film would actually deliver something fun and unique to audiences? Well, some folks have had a chance to see the movie, and their reactions are very encouraging!
Saw @jumanjimovie last night and it is A LOT of fun! @TheRock @karengillan @KevinHart4real and #JackBlack are chemistry gold. The body swapping stuff totally works, the action scenes are well done and it’s got a great BIG heart at the center of it. Highly recommend it. #Jumanji pic.twitter.com/OmXkc1I24o
— John Steven Rocha (@TheRochaSays) November 27, 2017
Happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. It's fun and funny in equal measure, and makes smart use of its great stars. Not much of a universe-builder for a fantasy sequel, but definitely a reinvention that works. pic.twitter.com/2I0vPg4zt3
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) November 27, 2017
And YO I love @karengillan!
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 27, 2017
Was expecting the worst but have to admit the new #JUMANJI movie is a lot of fun. I’d even say it is one of the best “video game movies” ever made, maybe under only King of Kong, Scott Pilgrim, Edge of Tomorrow & Wreck It Ralph (none of which are adaptations).
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 27, 2017
Caught an early screening of new #JUMANJI film and must say it's better than expected. Kevin Hart is still the same KH but it works here and the chemistry with @TheRock, Jack Back and Karen Gillan makes the film a pleasure to watch pic.twitter.com/GHxvh4ZiME
— Wilson Morales (@blackfilm) November 27, 2017
I can now say that the biggest surprise of the holiday season is #Jumanji. It's super entertaining & very funny w/ terrific cast chemistry (especially b/t @TheRock & @KevinHart4real). Video game fans will dig it even more. See it w/ the whole family pic.twitter.com/e6FOPwjsB5
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 27, 2017
While this movie doesn’t seem to be reinventing the wheel, by any means, it looks like it delivers on the high adventure fun that we’ve come to expect from Dwayne Johnson. Perhaps even more surprising is the praise for the script and chemistry, which isn’t something that always clicks in these crowd-pleasing movies.
Now the only thing we have to wonder is whether or not it can succeed at the box office. As it stands, it looks to follow up Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is an unenviable position, to say the least.
What do you think? Does this actually get you excited for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? Let us know down below!
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