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 therebe 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 wasnâ€™t expecting a whole lot. Sure, I love Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together, but I wasnâ€™t convinced theyâ€™d be able to recapture the magic of the first one. That being said, based on the trailer, it doesnâ€™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 theyâ€™ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the gameâ€™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 donâ€™t just play Jumanji â€“Jumanji plays you. Theyâ€™ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or theyâ€™ll be stuck in the game foreverâ€¦”
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SOURCE: Sony Pictures