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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

The premise is reasonably clever: four archetypal high school kids (a jock, a boy nerd, a girl nerd, a popular blonde) get sucked into a video game (updated from the central board game from both the 1995 original and the children's book it's based on) where they become the game's character avatars.

Once (literally) in the world of Jumanji, the teenagers find they have transformed into the respective characters that they picked from the game's menu, including: Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Johnson), Franklin Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), and Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon (Jack Black).

What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - Jumanji plays you. Probably the second it really hit me was when I was at the table read, and I got sat between Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson. For instance: it's weird that the movie's self-aware enough to make jokes about cut scenes and supporting characters that can't move beyond their proscribed goal, but there's nothing about graphics or gameplay. There was one moment of genuine shock in the film involving Jonas' character, but it passes quickly and without lasting effect.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens in theaters everywhere on Wednesday, December 20. McDonough's storyline represents Welcome to the Jungle's only real attempt to create pathos on the level with the original Jumanji.

Last night, I took in a screening of the "long awaited" and largely in-name-only sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and my feelings are - for better and for worse, I guess - the exact same.

Perhaps in a nod to the original 1995 film, but more likely to truly capture the kitschy awesomeness of their magnum opus, the special effects for the "Jumanji Jumanji" music video are absolutely very bad.

Jumanji is such an iconic film. Although the action sequences are a bit rote and it always feels like the movie could go further with its satire of video games, the film succeeds thanks to its outstanding cast who have excellent comedic chemistry.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section! Because the movie lives or dies with its comedy and the characters aren't cracking as many jokes during an action scene, Jumanji goes limp when it's time for a set piece.

What might Bethany learn from her experience inside the game?

I liked Kevin Hart more when he was the short sidekick to big dudes like Ice Cube and The Rock. Or should I say Pee-G. You watch the old one and you think the game is gone.

Jake Kasdan has movies like this in his DNA, but his career hasn't really gone in that direction, as he's seemed much more comfortable in the character comedy end of the pool.

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