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[–]Maximus_Decimus92 1 point2 points  (2 children)

As a 90s kid who cherishes the original, is this worth seeing? Will it tarnish the nostalgia I hold for the original? Or will it be a decent popcorn flick that I can shutdown my mind for and enjoy a few laughs?

[–]ZTexas 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Saw it laat night. You will enjoy it. They paid proper respects to the original while doing it's own thing, really fun movie

[–]ironshield23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really impressed by this movie, its fanfare is more than deserved. Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and The Rock did a fantastic job in their respective roles. Kevin Hart basically played himself but he was good too. Overall a very funny and solid movie that I would have no issues rewatching.

[–]daswef 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I enjoyed it. Jack Black and Karen Gillan were the high points. Bobby Cannavale doesn't really get the chance to do anything which is disappointing since he's pretty amazing in everything i've seen him in recently. I liked the video game angle.

There was a couple of jokes/scenes that I thought could have been cut that just didn't really work that well (the "Jack Black learns to pee" scene felt like deleted scenes material).

[–]SweetMojaveRain 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That was such a highlight for me

[–]Diocleatian 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I liked the movie, the cast held up the movie very well. It is a fun, action, comedy movie. Yes it is toned down from the first one but I loved the actors, the adventure. We need another jumanji movie with the Rock, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, Nick Jones.

[–]Jexlan -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

How does Alex come back with a daughter, just how does that work

[–]bliizard 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Because it sent him back to his time. Those kids wasn't from his time so they was never born yet. So he lived his life and met them years later.

[–]Diocleatian 9 points10 points  (1 child)

You need to finish the game, and you go back to your time his was 1996, he remember her because she saved from dying. If you die in jumanji you die in real life. Then again in the first jumanji a girl was poisoned by and plant and i think she died, but they finished the game and things went back to normal

[–]graysond 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Alan Perish went back to the age he was when he got sucked in after they completed the game in the original. Same goes now.

[–]jakesayer16 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve recently started writing a film blog, and this week I went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Despite not wanting to see it initially, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Have a read to see what my thoughts were in full. Also, any feedback on my blog from fellow cinephiles is always welcome!

http://projected-film.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/jumanji-welcome-to-jungle-does-it-rock.html

[–]nesatzuke 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The main cast really deftly carried the whole movie on their shoulders. If the leads lack charisma and talent, this movie could easily be a borefest.

[–]Vladie 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's a LOT of fun. Perfect cast with charisma in spades.

[–]YoAngie 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Very good film, only draw back being Kevin Hart's character. Very funny but they seem to have not fleshed out his arc. All the characters clearly overcome their flaws, other than Fridge.

His flaw was obviously that he does not take responsibilty for his actions, making his friend do his homework and then blaming his friend for getting caught. Then when he drops the gem he tries to get Spencer to go and retrieve it instead of taking responsibility.

Would have been good to see Fridge step up and own up to his mistakes and complete his arc like the rest of the characters (who btw I thought are developed FANTASTICALLY throuhh the film).

Great movie despite this!

[–]NotaSport 0 points1 point  (1 child)

See I thought his flaw was that he just wasn’t a good friend, but noe that I’m thinking about it, there wasn’t much evidence of him becoming a better friend.

[–]YoAngie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah he didn't seem like that great of a guy, but I suppose that's why he was the sidekick

[–]ImJustTryingShitOut 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I absolutely loved the movie. I never saw the original, so I wasn't sure was to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. My favorite part was realizing that the plot was for the Rock to put a rock in a rock.

[–]Mathmango 22 points23 points  (0 children)

the plot was for the rock to put a rock in a rock.

GOD

DAMN

IT.

[–]murrrcat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You've gotta see the original!

[–]VolcanicBakemeat 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Enjoyed the movie - I don't think it's a modern classic but I definitely went in with prejudices about it being a lazy comedy popcorn flick and was surprised that the writing was really very clever throughout. I didn't expect the movie to invoke a lot of the atmosphere and ideas of a corny 90s teen movie and then skewer them - taking the breakfast club cast and updating them for the modern day, contrasting them against a character who was actually from that time period then picking the dynamic apart by putting the stock teen movie characters in dangerous situations.

I also really enjoyed watching the writers take the 'rules' of the universe and actually playing with them, which is an opportunity a lot more movies should jump at. For instance the rule that a respawning character would fall from the sky - at first it just seemed like a visual gag and a means of driving home what had happened visually, but then in the second half the characters actually take advantage of this mechanic to accomplish their goals on at least two occasions.

It was very obvious that this was an original script that had the Jumanji label slapped on to sell tickets because the two scripts have similar themes - that seemed clear from the trailers and the movie only confirmed it. The only real links to the original Jumanji movie is the appearance of the board game at the beginning and the extremely fleeting name drop of the Alan Parrish character. Van Pelt also appears, but there's more I want to discuss on that momentarily.

I would have preferred if, after the Jumanji link was established, there had been more of an effort to actually develop a concrete link between the two universes. The film makes it unquestionably clear that this is the exact same Jungle from the original movie, so why were there none of the original traps? It would have been nice to have seen - even in passing - the spiders, monkeys or venomous plants from the original, especially when the movie features a character with a specific weakness to venom.

Perhaps the biggest missed opportunity was the redesign of Van Pelt. While it's nice they gave Bobby Cannavale the blinded eye and the name it's painfully clear this is a totally different character. Not only do they appear completely different, the original was an arrogant, amoral big game hunter with a menacing desire to 'make a man' of Alan. His unreasonable desire to shoot (or, subtextually, father) Alan made him scary, but there was still a stiff hamminess to him that sold Jonathan Hyde's performance. Canavale's Van Pelt, by contast is a magical megalomaniacal anti-Indiana Jones with a band of mercenaries, nurturing a boring obsession with the MacGuffinstone. The movie wouldn't have suffered for this if it didn't carry the Jumanji name, but I feel the lack of effort in joining the two films really hurt the sequel.

Also, I while I admire the restraint shown by the writers in not having Ruby Roundhouse exclaim "Why'd it have to be snakes?" during the last act, they had those pins set up from the very beginning and they'd totally earned a little self-indulgent moment with a just-cheesy-enough love letter to the classic pulp adventure genre.

[–]Bling2049 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I just have to say that this movie was one of the most fun experiences I've had at the theatres the whole year. I must preface all this by saying I erroneously haven't seen the original, and will get to it asap. That said, I had barely any qualms in completely understanding the proceedings.

Given that I didn't much appreciate Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart's last comedy caper(Central Intelligence), I was pleasantly surprised by their chemistry brought forth by a well written crisp script that plays to the actors' strengths.

Everything, right from the pleasant visual aesthetic that permeates the whole film, the fine fine CGI, the commendably choreographed fight scenes, the camaraderie between the lead characters and the self aware and organic comedy all brought together in a neat, efficient package that delivers the thrills and frills of a family blockbuster.

The character introductions to the teenage leads is executed with a brisk efficiency that nonetheless familiarizes us with the core nature of these characters. As the movie progresses the game versions of these characters are organically developed. By far the most commendable aspect of all of this is the way the comedy is entwined in the script, self aware and considerably meta in the way it aptly aligns it's story with the vintage videogames of the time.

Kevin Hart as Kevin Hart was reliable as ever. Jack Black knocked it out of the park with his impersonation of a teenage girl, never over playing it. Karen Gillen was great, with some fine comedic chops. With every movie, I feel Dwayne Johnson gets better and better at the business. He plays against type magnificently and elicits some great laughs purely by virtue of his delivery and mannerisms.

Throughout the movie plays a delicate game with comedic set pieces,character moments, plot progression, and action sequences. While fully staying within the conventions of established Hollywood fare, where Jumanji excels is at finding balance between all these aspects of storytelling and by doing so making for a holistic viewing experience.

It's always possible the low expectations I had of this film contributed greatly to my enjoying it, but I genuinely wouldn't have it any other way.

Jumanji has been one of the few movies I've seen this year where I haven't left the theatre exhausted, and in direct contrast, I came out even more energized than how I went in. I really hope Hollywood learns a thing or two from this movie on how to make the rollicking fun movie that has largely been absent from cinemas for years now.

[–]randomisedletters 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I thought Karen Gillan really nailed the facial expressions and mannerisms and whatnot of Morgan Turner

[–]IcedThatGuy 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I agree! I really dug how in-sync the star characters were with their teenage actor counterparts.

When the 'game' ended, I was uneasy about how the movie would transition back to the kid actors, fearing that it would likely ruin the experience for me. But they nailed it. Well... except for Kevin Hart. That character felt schizophrenic, since the real-life Mouse was stoic and quiet, whereas Kevin Hart's version was... well... Kevin Hart.

But The Rock, Karen Gillan and Jack Black did a fantastic job of embodying the characters the teens set up, instead of being their own 'versions' the way Kevin Hart did. In a way, Kevin Hart's performance makes the others better, just for the comparison.

[–]randomisedletters 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. Kevin Hart is one of those actors who just plays himself. Some of Jack Blacks' moments were the funniest in the film.

[–]MrCaul 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fun film that did what it was supposed to do, entertain for a couple of hours.

It's probably one I'll forget pretty fast, but I had a good time.

The stars were all terrific.

[–]Minifig81 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Walked in with absolutely zero expectations. Walked out with a very good friend of mine quoting lines from the movie and laughing our asses off. Very enjoyable.

[–]CARNIesada6 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Honestly, wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did. Great popcorn flick with some touching moments. Yeah, it was a bit predictable, but I'm happy to watch a movie like that after watching a bunch of 'artsy' flicks and 'mind fucking' TV shows. Not saying 'artsy' in negative way here, just a descriptive.

Seriously though, the last few films I've seen have been Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist and The Florida Project; and I've recently rewatched Westworld, finished Dark, started the first season of Fargo and Twin Peaks. My brain felt like it was melting. It was nice to turn off my brain and just enjoy a movie for its shenanigans, if that makes sense.

Anyway, was the last scene in the movie them smashing the game with the bowling ball or was there anything after that?

[–]tsularesque 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How was Dark?

It's been on my list for a while, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

[–]CARNIesada6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it was really well done. It's a bit confusing, but you eventually grasp who the fuck is who and what the fuck is going on (although not really). The acting, directing, cinematography, and story are all great though, so I do highly recommend it!

It's default setting on US Netflix (and I'm assuming other English speaking countries) is that its audio is dubbed in English; I would actually suggest you change the audio to it's normal German and turn on English subtitles. I felt that was more immersive and allowed the actors' emotions to be fully showcased. Dubbing always takes me out of films or shows, TBH, so it could just be a personal preference.

[–]Commander_Wario 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Fun movie experience, but a forgettable and predictable movie.

[–]abide1187 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna go a little bit against the grain here, but this movie was a touch disappointing. I didn't have high expectations to begin with, but the concept, my love for the original Jumanji, and the outpouring of positive word of mouth made me have a little more hope.

I loved The Rock, and thought Jack Black was fantastic. I'm generally not the biggest fan of Kevin Hart but even he actually did quite well in this as well. Karen Gillan's performance didn't really have that much going on, but she sold the ineptness at tantalizing/distracting the guards exceptionally well, making that sequence fairly standout (until the cringey dancing began).

With the original film, the progression through the boardgame very clearly serves as a shorthand for the beats of the film. It sets up each new obstacle and ratchets up the stakes the deeper they get. But this film doesn't do a particularly good job of defining the "challenges"/"levels" of the game. It spells out a couple individual challenges, but for the most part, the heroes are stuck in a fairly generic forest setting. The film bats back and forth between "Tropic Thunder" style survival comedy and riffing off this specific predicament of being stuck in a game and forced to progress to beat it.

An example of this lack of clarity is when they first meet the guy in the jeep, the NPC. Their dialogue with him is full of great little gags about how he has very specific pre-programmed responses, very similar to how a retro game of this sort might be written. But then they completely toss the whole retro-angle out the window by switching to a "cut-scene", which wouldn't become so prevalent in games of that era for another generation or so.

And the villain was easily the weirdest aspect. He had this partially fleshed out backstory and all of these odd character quirks. But they never really go anywhere with his origins/motivations nor do they at all tie his concept in with the gaming concept.

So, the whole thing is basically just a vehicle for the A-listers to be goofy. Which is... fine... and did produce some laughs, but left much to be desired. The film seemed to really earnestly try to embrace the feel of the original film with the bookended scenes in the "real world", but everything within the game ended up just being kinda messy.

[–]khany 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This film makes me realise how much I miss Jack Black. My favourite scene was that kiss, I have known ppl who kiss that badly, known them quite well... and they never learned even to this day...

[–]GirlWBadecisions 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Just got around to watching it today. Exceeded my expectations honestly and made me laugh with tears. The only thing that bugged me was how teenage fridge and kevin hart had absolutely nothing in common. Ironic how the character’s name is Fridge yet there is nothing cold about Hart’s performance. They should’ve had teenage fridge be more neurotic for it to be believable.

[–]IShouldLiveInPepper 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I believe he was nicknamed "Fridge" because of his large size, the same reason William Perry went by that nickname when he played for the Chicago Bears. Part of the gag was how tiny Fridge's character was in the video game and how the timid, scrawny Spencer was suddenly a hulk and how it changed the dynamic between the two characters.

[–]taylorswiftfan123 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I thought it started off a little rough, especially until they get into their bodies. Not just rough, I kind of hated it. By the end I was thoroughly won over. They got a lot of great laughs out of the central conceit. Just a good time at the movies. Well worth a matinee.

[–]tekylasunrise 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Wish there was better homage to the original but I loved it. I went to it with the lowest of expectations because Jumanji was filmed in my home town. (We still have the Parish Shoe sign) I was surprised because I found myself being the one with the most laughter in the theatre.

[–]DragonStriker 29 points30 points  (3 children)

The movie was FREAKING GREAT.

Like, legit.

I came into the movie, expecting it to be another...let's say, paint by the numbers Hollywood movie film where they try to cash in on the nostalgia and bank on that as well as the actors to carry the film. Like, the cynicism got to me.

But lo and behold, it was REALLY GOOD. Like, this movie is by far the best "videogame" movie I have ever watched, which is funny because it's based on a board game. But like, it's not soul less at all. I had fun watching it! The jokes were good. The chemistry of the cast were on point. Everything meshed well with one another.

I love the way the movie handles the "videogame" aspect of it. It respects the viewer to KNOW what these elements are, plays with them, and doesn't bang you over the head with it endlessly, and doesn't rely on it to be a cheap gag or whatever. It's a well thought out movie.

Like the story could have gone so many ways, with the premise being the way that it was. It could have been cheesy, corny, and at worst, not funny. But the writers (mad props to them) really made it their own.

It was self aware, and treated itself with enough respect even though the premise was absurd, and overall just had fun with it. I think that's the most important thing to mention. It was "FUN". Like you really had fun seeing these characters go on this adventure. Like, you know there are stakes, but as you see them go forward, you kind of forget that there are stakes, and are just curious as to where the story goes and what's sort of up ahead. It was really fun, and not a lot of movies nowadays can give you that.

It's a genuinely good movie and I wouldn't mind watching it again, or recommending it to friends on a weekend.

That said, after seeing this movie, it makes me curious if they're going to do "Zathura" afterwards. If anything, I actually want them to do so, if it means they're going to approach it the same way they approached this one. I want it to have some Mass Effect references in there as well as some Star Wars magic, and maybe a little bit of absurd characters like a talking tree from GOTG.

IDK. Seeing this movie, makes me curious, and if at best, hopeful that they maybe try their hand in making Zathura next. I'm fully on board.

[–]zg44 1 point2 points  (2 children)

A version of Zathura made into a video game makes a lot of sense as a followup to Jumanji. It'll be interesting to see how they handle it though, given how much money this is making, it seems like a guarantee that a sequel is coming.

[–]FizzleMateriel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If they brought back the same writers and maybe the same director, it could be just as good as Jumanji: WTTJ, if not better.

[–]DragonStriker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just as long as they approach it with the same fun and somewhat self awareness as Jumanji, it would do good. That and have a great cast of characters like they had with this one. It's a combination of those two that will really make Zathura pop out.

[–]MarvDaMartian 7 points8 points  (11 children)

This movie fucking banged. I can see why it has jumped Star Wars now.

[–]VifEspoirPirez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd say Star Wars is a better movie but Jumanji is a better experience, if that makes any kind of sense.

[–]martin30r 3 points4 points  (9 children)

I would see Jumanji a 2nd time and I wouldn't see SW:TLJ a 2nd time ...

[–]MarvDaMartian 4 points5 points  (8 children)

I saw TLJ twice and thought it was considerably better the second time. Food for thought

[–]FizzleMateriel 1 point2 points  (4 children)

For me it was the opposite, I saw TLJ twice and I had a lower opinion of it the second time around.

Knowing the dumb parts that were coming made me cringe and reminded me of watching The Phantom Menace / Attack of the Clones. There's a few good moments in those movies too but watching both of those as whole movies without using the fast-forward button is a chore.

[–]TheDeltaLambda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Knowing the dumb parts actually helped me tune them out, if that makes sense. Except for wide Kylo/ Ben Swolo, that will always catch me off guard.

[–]MarvDaMartian 1 point2 points  (2 children)

¯_(ツ)_/¯

[–]FizzleMateriel 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hey I think you dropped this \

[–]martin30r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I expect I’d feel the same, really. I liked TFA ether time number 2. I will see TLJ again, but probably not in theater.

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I hope you're right. I haven't seen it a second time yet out of fear that the plot problems will overshadow my joy at seeing original trilogy characters interacting on the movie screen again.

[–]MarvDaMartian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it helped knowing the dumb parts were coming. They weren't as jarring the second time.

[–]couchpullsout--Idont 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I laughed out loud a lot, great film. Wish there were more movies made with the video game premise. Scott Pilgrim is the only other film that comes to mind

[–]JohnnyFoxborough 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Wreck it Ralph and that Space Invaders movie that came out a couple years ago come to mind.

[–]couchpullsout--Idont 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The Adam Sandler one? I think it’s called pixels or something. And yes forgot Wreck it Ralph. Also have Ready Player One to look forward to

[–]Sex411 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My 30th is the only day that

[–]NotMeanttoKnow 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I haven't seen this mentioned much, but I was surprised how effective all the "emotional" moments were. I guess it's a side effect of how likeable everyone is.

[–]Darcosuchus 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well... Let's see... At first, I thought this movie was gonna be terrible. I was wrong. Secondly, t has Dwayne Johnson AND Jack Black. AND amazing CGI. AND it referenced the old movie (I thought it was gonna try to 'replace' it or whatever at first) in a not-quite-forced manner. While certainly not my favourite movie of the year, and far from the funniest of movies (to me, at least), I loved WTTJ

[–]os241088 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Jack Black is the man

Also nice to see Murray Hewitt as well

[–]tekylasunrise 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Jack Black stole this movie. I really thought he was a teen girl!

[–]Citizen_Kong 19 points20 points  (10 children)

Solid entertaining fun. Sometimes that's just enough. Especially for Jumanji. Also, Karen Gillan is just magnificent, I remembered why I liked Jack Black again and Dwayne Johnson shows a lot of comedic chops. Kevin Hart is present too, I guess.

[–]heyheyluno 4 points5 points  (9 children)

Is Kevin Hart just Kevin Hart?

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thankfully he dailed down the Kevin Hart-ness by about 50%, and avoided ruining the movie. Perhaps they had someone on set with a tranq gun full of Ritalin?

[–]MarvDaMartian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Has he ever done anything else?

[–]zg44 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Sort of, at least they did a good job of giving him a fitting role (the role is molded to work well with him).

He has solid chemistry with the Rock and Jack Black as well.

[–]Citizen_Kong 7 points8 points  (4 children)

That‘s true, but he‘s the weakest link of the four, since the other three actually shine while he does his usual shtick.

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It would have been a lot better if the teen character had been directed to mimic some aspects of Hart's personality, since he's clearly incapable of acting as anyone but himself.

[–]Citizen_Kong 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yeah, the character goes from self-confident, slightly dim jock to hysteric screeching Kevin Hart.

[–]SpaceMasters 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think it worked to show how insecure he was when he lost his physical gifts. The character even grew throughout the movie when he discovered how strong he could be when he used his mind.

[–]MrChangg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"YEAH! ZOOLOGY, BITCH!"

[–]Pat4788 7 points8 points  (0 children)

But with a backpack.

[–]TurdleBoy 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Jumanji was definitely the biggest surprise for me this year. I laughed a lot and was pleasantly surprised with the out of body humor used throughout the movie.

[–]Hiimacosmocoin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I guess I'll have to make note to go see it after all. I loved the original and figured this would spit on it.

[–]ChrisRedfieldfanboy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Surprisingly entertaining. I didn't expect to laugh so much. I also freaked out when I saw Nick Jonas.

[–]supahmonkey 22 points23 points  (2 children)

My only complaint about this movie is the lack of a proper Boss Battle to finish off the game theme.

[–]distressed_bacon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Didn't you hear, that is what Rampage is.

[–]lsaz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

oh shit, now that you mention it that would have been a great way to end the movie

[–]MuddySocks 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Man, if they did what they did in this movie at the end , this wouldn't have happened.

[–]BOOK552 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Reading this gave me a stroke.

[–]TomTheJester 26 points27 points  (14 children)

I walked in really wanting to hate this movie, and walked out having enjoyed myself. I want to attack it's writing, but the script was very tight. I want to attack the pace, but it's pace felt perfect for each scene. I want to attack the characters, but the whole "video game" aesthetic made it very self-aware and funny.

I WANT to attack Kevin Hart and The Rock (not a fan of Central Intelligence), but they worked really well here.

Somehow, and I have no idea how, I ended up liking this more than The Last Jedi. What a year.

[–]Egyptman09 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Somehow, and I have no idea how, I ended up liking this more than The Last Jedi. What a year.

I never thought of it that way but i guess i agree too XD

[–]JohnnyFoxborough 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And we are only 10 days in.

[–]Aufinator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I came out of the last jedi amazed at how they could mess it up so badly... I came out of jumanji wttj amazed at how fun and enjoyable it was.

[–]i_sigh_less 20 points21 points  (10 children)

Why in the world would you live a life where you want to hate things?

[–]Sav_ij 11 points12 points  (1 child)

because thats the buzz for edgy "cinema" goers

[–]bigsampsonite 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or maybe because the premise sounds completely stupid. I was shocked how decent it was as well for the same reasons he said.

[–]zg44 5 points6 points  (5 children)

The trailers really didn't do a good job of selling the movie. Word of mouth is so strong because people going into the movie are coming out of it saying that it was far beyond expectations.

So maybe it wasn't such a bad thing that expectations were low.

[–]rabidstoat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The trailers turned me off this movie completely. I only went and saw it because a friend wanted to go and I was like, eh, okay. I really enjoyed it, though, and now I want to see the original.

[–]i_sigh_less 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It's the "want" that confuses me. "Expect" would make sense, though I don't know why you'd see it in that case, but want? I very much want to never hate anything. Sometimes I do anyway, but not because I want to.

[–]TomTheJester 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Probably used the wrong word (late work shifts amirite?). I just didn’t expect to like it from what I’d seen and Hollywood’s history.

[–]i_sigh_less 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Fair enough. People are always saying how they "want to like" something, so I can see where the turn of phrase comes from. It just struck me as a bad life philosophy to do the opposite.

[–]TomTheJester 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, and I do agree. You've given me a lot to think about in terms of how I word things though, so thank you haha. Optimistic wording from now on!

[–]TomTheJester 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Honestly, no idea man. I just thought I knew what the movie I was walking into would be like and it ended up being more then that. My cynical view probably spawns from 99% of the other safe Hollywood blockbusters I've seen. This somehow felt...different...

Edit: Also I didn't downvote you either, I don't know who that was haha.

[–]nou5 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, mostly it was probably an expectation that he would hate because of marketing material, pre-release discussion, etc.

And it's sometimes fun to hate on something that's bad.

But both his hate and his expectation were disappointed. Alas!

[–]bthplain 18 points19 points  (5 children)

This is the quintessential MoviePass movie. Lighthearted, entertaining, and overall not a bad way to spend a couple hours.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (4 children)

so The Mummy, then?(talking about the Brenden version)

probably one of the best fun blockbuster movies in the past 30 years

[–]Ana_La_Aerf 5 points6 points  (3 children)

That movie was and is stiill one of my favorite movies of all time. And one of the few that my whole family can agree on watching because we all love it.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I saw it when it came out (i was a kid), and forgot about it.

Watched it a couple weeks ago for the second time. It was great. The whole time I was thinking "wow this is a really good movie" lol I had totally forgotten about it and Brendan Frasier

[–]heyheyluno 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah, the atmosphere and everything is perfectly eerie. I love the kidnapping at night sequence, it feels straight from a movie from an older era. Plus it's also "FUN" (movies can do that, remember) and doesn't take the premise too seriously but the stakes feel real.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yeah the whole time i was thinking how well it's made for an entire family. it's like an Indy movie, just as good too.

It has that balance that's hard to get, where it's serious but not too serious, funny but not retarded-funny, it's fun and smart without because pretentious about it. Frasier was key in it btw, sucks that he doesn't do movies anymore really

edit: I was describing the movie and Frasier lol

[–]Twercules_ 13 points14 points  (3 children)

All my friends told me, a die hard Tenacious D and Jack Black fan, that I was wrong for hoping it would be good, but I did not listen. Not only did Jumanji meet my expectations, it had exceeded them by a great deal. I thought each character's screentime was the appropriate amount for a star-studded cast.

I'll go so far as to say that I had more fun at this movie than at Star Wars (and I still thought TLJ was pretty good). Definitely fun to see with some friends or family.

[–]Yurika_BLADE[🍰] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

100% agree on the more fun than Star Wars, this movie put a constant smile on my face and I watched both within a couple days of each other.

[–]Twercules_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too, and I'm glad someone finally agrees!

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

let's argue about Star Wars for a couple hours

[–]PaesitoPaez 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Fun movie, great to watch with family and kids

[–]HellsSapper 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Busted a gut laughing. Such a good movie to watch after the wreck of downsizing.

[–]bfhurricane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Such a good movie to watch after the wreck of downsizing.

:(

[–]BaymaxandTianaFan 17 points18 points  (6 children)

While this movie wasn't perfect, it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it a lot. It was silly, lighthearted and had some good moments. The main cast had great chemistry and I really think Jack Black did a fantastic job portraying a teenager without being annoying. I recommend it if you're a fan of comedies and if you like the Rock or Kevin Hart. If not, wait for the DVD.

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really think Jack Black did a fantastic job portraying a teenager without being annoying.

If only he could have managed that feat when appearing as himself to promote the movie. I muted the sound on the Graham Norton Show featuring him, Hart, and Johnson—all their Annoying dials were set to 11 in that appearance. When I'm listening to Rebel Wilson as a relief from someone, it's BAD.

[–]meta_perspective 18 points19 points  (4 children)

"YAS QUEEN" stole the damn movie.

[–]sophoni 1 point2 points  (3 children)

they essentially killed that phrase by inserting it into a movie and having it come out of that characters mouth. Nothing more cringe-worthy than hearing someone your parents age say some shit like that

[–]agloeRegrets 8 points9 points  (0 children)

..But that was the plan, all along..to give you a bo...wait what subreddit am I in?

[–]mdgraller 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Then they've done us all a great service

[–]sophoni 0 points1 point  (0 children)

hey man I'm neither here nor there, but the other guy was saying how that was a highlight. Even as a not-quite-so-young-person I still thought it was cringy as all heck

[–]BarneySpeaksBlarney 7 points8 points  (6 children)

If nothing else, the new movie scores over the original in one aspect at least - the new one is far more light hearted.

I can't think of the original Jumanji without thinking of two absolutely heart-breaking scenes. One was where Alan comes back to the real world, thinking he is of the same age as when he left, and runs through his empty house shouting - "Mom, Dad! I'm back!" And the other one was where Alan describes to the kids how awful his life inside the jungle was, not knowing whether he'll survive the next moment or not.

And it is even more depressing because before that movie, I knew Robin Williams only as this comedic genius who couldn't stop cracking jokes and here he was playing this confused child-man obsessed with escaping the game and unable to adapt to the real world.

[–]FreeThinkingMan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I prefer the heavier version, the alternate reality kind of makes it cheap and nonsensical(like every time travel movie). I liked the movie but I felt it was cheap that the kid from 20 years ago came back into existence in the 90s. One of the heavier moments in the film was when Jonas was told that 20 years had actually passed in the real world.

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish Alex had popped back into the real world in the present day and had to admit to Bethany that he was more into her videogame avatar than her teen instagram model real self.

[–]Yurika_BLADE[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My friends and I rewatched the 1995 Jumanji (or in some of their cases, watched for the first time) right before we went to the theatres to see the new one.

The big difference that I noticed was the faster ramp-up to the game- the original Jumanji has them doing very little with the game in comparison.

[–]the_dirtiest 2 points3 points  (2 children)

it's funny, that's the exact opposite of what I said on the way home from the theater. I felt that this movie was far too light-hearted and fluffy. Nothing too challenging, nothing too emotional. Just generic teenage drama (does she/he like me? etc, etc) pasted over video-game characters. The closest it got was that Alex had been stuck in the game for 20 years and didn't know it, but even that got hand-waved away at the end.

[–]BarneySpeaksBlarney 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh, I agree. But this is precisely why the new one is perfect for children. Even the supposedly scary things that the jungle throws onto them are easily palatable.

Compare this to the original Jumanji, where you get to experience the actual horrors of the jungle - not the rosy eyed paradise that Tarzan or the Jungle Book shows. And the original has some mature themes that children might not be able to grasp properly - like the fact that how society is quick to believe that the parents have murdered their kid when Alan disappears and Sarah having to go to a psychiatrist and take medication to suppress memories of an actual incident which no one belives to be true. And this is precisely why the original movie must also be seen.

So, here's what I thought after coming out of the theatre - show the new Jumanji to the kids and give them all the childish entertainment they want. And when they grow up a bit, show them the original with all of Robin Williams' brilliance to show that life is not all peaches and roses.

[–]the_dirtiest 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't know. I saw Jumanji as a kid, and other than being freaked out due to my fear of spiders, none of the darkness or mature themes ruined my enjoyment of seeing monkeys driving a cop car or a stampede bust down a house. Looking back at it as an adult, I can see why the whole family might actually enjoy that movie, because it's not mindless kiddie fare, it actually has at least a little bit of weight to it.

This new one, on the other hand, is pure "put it on to distract the little bastards for an hour and a half", which, yeah, some parents might be grateful for, but when it's so clearly pandered to kids and pretty much only kids, that makes for a much lesser movie. I don't think there's anything in the original Jumanji that is too much for a kid to take.

[–]phr00t_ -2 points-1 points  (10 children)

[–]diceman89 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If you can come up with any possible explanation, it's not a plot hole. Sorry, I just hate how much that phrase gets thrown around when it doesn't apply.

[–]Heisjustafriend 28 points29 points  (8 children)

Video game! You only get to use the vehicle on the vehicle levels!!!

[–]Stendhal-Syndrome 5 points6 points  (6 children)

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the helicopter, "Why don't they fly to the Jaguar, ahhh wait it's a video game".

[–]ComputerMystic 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Invisible walls most likely.

[–]Fn_Spaghetti_Monster 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Ugh I ran into those last night playing Horizon Zero, was trying to go back and get a power cell. Super annoying

[–]Icegyrfalcon 0 points1 point  (3 children)

((Was it the one in All-Mother? Because you'll be able to go back for that one "legitimately" before you can even access the last Cell anyway, I wouldn't worry about it!))

[–]Fn_Spaghetti_Monster 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yes thanks, I found a video where you ride a mount up the side of a ridge to get back in. Got the cell. Then like you said wound up going back there not long afterwards. Nobody mentions that when you google, how to get all 5 power cells. LOL

[–]Icegyrfalcon 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It seems to come up quite often so you'd think more guides would mention it! But oh well.

[–]Fn_Spaghetti_Monster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably becuase they would rather you watch the 5 minute Youtube video walking through getting in rather than say, you will go back there at point X in the store so don't stress too much about it.

[–]phr00t_ -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I know you & I can find reasons to explain it, but it would have been nice to have the movie explain it. e.g. "Damn fuel only seems to last for one level...". In other parts of the movie, they try doing things outside of what the game is dictating (e.g. "the game wants us to follow this path, but I'm going to climb a tree...")

[–]BrownTown456 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some of the humor seemed forced but it was alright overall. Liked the little touches that harked back to the original

[–]rainydayswithlove 4 points5 points  (9 children)

Not a bad movie but this isn't Jumanji

[–]IHaveToDoThisForUni 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No it's not really. But I still liked it quite a lot actually, I feel like the humor was not as forced and silly as with a lot of Hollywood comedies nowadays (which doesn't mean the movie didn't have its moments like that, too). I very much liked the little nudge towards Robin Williams' character in the original being trapped in the game for a long time , it made me feel things.

[–]Lasperic 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Still better than the first reboot ;-)

[–]BrothaBeejus 0 points1 point  (3 children)

First reboot? What did I miss

[–]Lasperic 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Come to think of it i don't think it was an official reboot but Zathura is basically jumanji in space.

[–]MetalDragyn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The book is the sequel to the book Jumanji. Wikipedia

[–]BrothaBeejus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah yea, forgot about that movie. The same author wrote both books.

[–]ToFat2Run[🍰] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Never seen Jumanji before and I still enjoyed it even more so than the Last Jedi.

[–]rainydayswithlove 2 points3 points  (1 child)

because It's very different than original jumanji movie.

[–]Yurika_BLADE[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The original Jumanji movie was great, very emotional, but slow-moving in comparison to the new one.

[–]Mzuark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

T'was cool

[–]lsaz 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Best videogame movie I've ever seen.

[–]demgrooves 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Wreck it Ralph?

[–]Icegyrfalcon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

WiR often seems to not be counted because it's not a direct adaptation of a specific, single game I guess? Even though all its games do have (very clear) real-world analogues, plus the suite of actual cameos. Of course, maybe it also doesn't "count" because it's just a flat-out great movie and so thoroughly would stomp the competition, IMO--I mean I'm tempted to call it the most sound movie of the Revival era for Disney (which sounds insane given that Frozen and Moana were utterly amazing and Zootopia and Tangled were really good).

[–]ToxicAdamm 11 points12 points  (3 children)

What I loved about it (being a videogame movie) is it didn't beat you over the head with the theme.

It sets up the world/rules in the beginning and makes some clever jokes playing around with the idea, but it doesn't make the whole movie about that. It doesn't feel the need to stick in a bunch of VG references either.

It would've been real easy for them to jam a bunch of Lara Croft, Mario, Pac Man references during the movie, but they wisely stayed away from that and just made a straight-up adventure movie.

[–]FreeThinkingMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In all fairness though in video games you get to continue and retry after losing all your lives.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I really liked that they were told their characters strengths and weaknesses and number of lives for the game.

Pretty smart writing.

[–]Chispy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well it's literally Sony. They created the Playstation.

[–]totesnotacat 27 points28 points  (4 children)

[–]the_far_yard 16 points17 points  (0 children)

And that's how Superman, and Batman were born.

[–]Slyakot 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Why did you say that name?!

[–]MichaelEugeneLowrey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s his mothers name!

[–]CDuddng 5 points6 points  (0 children)

WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME!!!

[–]Mq1hunter 2 points3 points  (12 children)

Not going though the 1k responses... Breakfast club reboot. Movie was what I expected, Jack black was great as well as Kevin hart... And it was fun in its cliche ness

[–]Bernies_Lakehouse 10 points11 points  (4 children)

...you have never seen The Breakfast Club, have you?

[–]MatttheBruinsfan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If they think Kevin Hart was great in this movie, maybe they did but it was an entirely different Breakfast Club from the one you and I saw?

[–]ShadowGrif 17 points18 points  (6 children)

Am i the only one who feels like the phrase "breakfast club reboot/copy" has been thrown around mindlessly for the last couple years? Besides the fact that they were teenagers who got into detention together what does it have to do with the breakfast club? I mean yes they could have come up with a more original idea for bringing them all together but hell, does every movie with a group of teens that go through some profundly changing experience together have to be a copy of the breakfast club? That's like saying that every horror movie, or every super hero movie is the same.. It is not, it is a genre of movies not an exclusive idea... Rant over. thx (oh and you mispelled "through")

[–]Yurika_BLADE[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Didn't you know that every movie with a few different kids forced to interact with each other, specifically in detention, makes it a Breakfast Club knockoff? I cracked a joke about it/the setup to my friends, but none of us took it seriously.

[–]ShadowGrif 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's exactly my point

[–]AWildAmericanAppears 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Everything is a rip off of Breakfast Club, didn't you hear?

  • Citizen Kane; Breakfast Club in the early 20th century.
  • Star Wars; Breakfast Club in space
  • Hoosiers; Breakfast Club in Indiana instead of Illinois.

I could go on...

[–]lavaisreallyhot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Schindler's List; Breakfast Club in 1940's Germany.

[–]whut-whut 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I hear The Breakfast Club was a scene-for-scene rip of the 1985 movie, "The Breakfast Club".

[–]Apple--Eater 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Those bastards, they shall pay!

[–]RadPhilosopher 8 points9 points  (29 children)

I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would.

The story felt short and predictable and Jack Black and Kevin Hart’s comedy are really the only thing that kept me entertained. The characters in the real world (as well as their individual story arcs, like Spencer and Martha’s love story and Bethany’s change of character) weren’t really that interesting.

In addition to that, there were a couple of things throughout the movie that kinda bugged me, relating to the “video game” theme of the story:

  1. In the market scene, Spencer says that the guy selling bread is an indicator that they have to eat to keep their health up, but that turns out to be not true. It was really just written to show the cake-making-Fridge-explode part.

  2. When the crew finds Alex in the game and Bethany says that that’s what the game meant when it said to “find the missing piece”. I was like “yeah, that’s… not how it works”. The map clearly had a missing piece (although instead they find the elephant figurine), you’re telling me the game was actually trying to tell you to find the other player that had gotten there before you, and made that a level in the game? What would have happened if all five players had entered the game at once and didn’t have to find each other?

  3. The game characters are very imbalanced. “Smolder Bravestone” and “Ruby Roundhouse” are really the only ones that can hold their own against enemies, as “Shelly” is only useful for reading maps and “Mouse” is only useful for carrying weapons (with the exception of the defanging part). The latter two are just there for comedic relief (as echoed by my comments on their respective actors’ performances)

  4. “Seaplane” having mosquitoes as a weakness when the game is in the jungle is total bullshit, something that he mentions himself. How did he manage to survive before finding the shelter conveniently stocked with citronella candles (or finding a way to buy them)? Kind of like the exploding cake scene, this was really only written in for the part where Bethany sacrifices one of her lives to save him.

  5. When they see the torch-lit path in the woods, Spencer says that it’s a trap and that they shouldn’t go that way, but in reality that’s the direction they should’ve gone. This is similar to my complaints about the “having to eat” and “missing piece” parts.

  6. There’s two parts in the movie when the players rely on the falling-down-from-the-sky mechanic to achieve their goal: when Spencer tells Alex to tilt the chopper to catch Fridge as he falls through it and when Martha uses it to hand Spencer the jewel as he swings around on the motorcycle at the top of the mountain. In both cases they’re extremely risky moves considering they were down to 2 lives each (iirc), and they really just come through due to dumb luck (and, obviously, because it’s a movie).

  7. The game only has like, what, five levels? Having a literal jungle full of possibilities, they could have easily come up with some more levels (and more interesting ones, at that). For example, they could have had one where they explore caves, another where they do something with boats on the river, and one where they help out some local tribe. Even though the story is constrained by the runtime, they could have made a montage showing the team advancing through many levels, while mastering/upgrading their skills and getting to trust one another more, then have them show up to the final level as a more skilled and mature group of players/people.

I’ll be the first to admit that all this is a bunch of nit-picking, but since the marketing was heavily based on the movie’s video game format, I was disappointed at how they executed it. Nevertheless, like I mentioned before I still enjoyed it, mostly due to the funny bits from Black and Hart.

Boy, that was a big comment. Thanks to anyone who read through it, I’m interested in hearing what you guys think!

P.S.:

The actor who plays Fridge (outside of the game, not Kevin Hart) is THIRTY. Just thought I would mention that.