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Official Discussion - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

When four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game's jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji -Jumanji plays you. They'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

Director: Jake Kasdan

Writers: screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner

story by Chris Van Allsburg

based on the book "Jumanji" by Chris Van Allsburg

Cast:

  • Alex Wolff as Spencer Gilpin

  • Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone/Spencer's avatar

  • Madison Iseman as Bethany Walker

  • Jack Black as Professor Sheldon Oberon/Bethany's avatar

  • Morgan Turner as MARTHA! Kaply

  • Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse/MARTHA!'s avatar

  • Ser'Darius Blain as Anthony "Fridge" Johnson

  • Kevin Hart as Moose Finbar/Fridge's avatar

  • Mason Gussione as Alex Vreeke

  • Colin Hanks as Older Alex Vreeke

  • Nick Jonas as Seaplane McDonough/Alex Vreeke's avatar

  • Bobby Cannavale as John Van Pelt

  • Rhys Darby as Nigel

  • William Tokarsky as Trader

  • Marc Evan Jackson as Principal Bentley

  • Sean Buxton as Alex's Father / Jogger #1

  • Sylvia Jefferies as Alex's Mother / Jogger #2

  • Tim Matheson as Older Alex's Father

  • Virgina Newcomb as Older Alex's Mother

  • Maribeth Monroe as Teacher

  • Missi Pyle as Coach Webb

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Metacritic: 58/100

After Credits Scene? No

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1.2k points · 9 months ago

I appreciated the little nod to the original Jumanji when the camera was panning over the jaguar statue at the end. It showed a trail that matched the board game layout.

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915 points · 9 months ago

Also Alan Parrish's name was on a sign at Nick Jonas's camp site.

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718 points · 9 months ago

Didn't he specifically say it was his house, mentioning him by name?

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Yes.

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409 points · 9 months ago

Wasn't the elephant one of the original play pieces of the game too?

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Sure was.

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I actually loved how Nick's character phrased it. "I'm just living in the house that Alan Parrish built." As if the filmmakers are letting us know that they understand the first film is a classic and they want to honor it.

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167 points · 9 months ago

Lol... Nick Jonas's camp. My thoughts exactly.

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don't forget all the original board game pieces showing up as statues in the jungle! 😉

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I actually missed that when watching, my girlfriend pointed it out to me on the ride home.

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your girlfriend sounds like she knows her jumanji

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Jack black should be nominated. I honestly thought he was a teenage girl.

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I didn't realise until now how real the movie seemed, I watched the whole thing fully BELIEVING that they were the kids. It never once occurred to me that this was Jack Black pretending to be a teenage girl, it WAS a teenage girl.

It's one thing to be able to act like someone else, it's another to act as somebody acting as somebody else.

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r/Movies Veteran
124 points · 7 months ago

And not just in terms of the mannerisms, either. It would be easy to play a stereotype the whole film, but he sold her character arc really well.

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This was my thought as well! He could have gone over the top and flamboyant with the valley girl vibe and flailing hands, but it was so subtle, believable and hilarious.

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This, he was amazing!

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125 points · 8 months ago

I was thinking they should introduce a best comedy actor award. Jack Black nailed it.

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1.1k points · 8 months ago

I now understand why so many are in love with Karen Gillan.

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Yep, she once again reinforced my love for redheads.

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Fun fact: her hair has extensions on it in this movie. She had to shave all her hair off to do Guardians of the Galaxy and at least part of it for Guardians 2. That said, her hair looked exactly like it did when she wore it long on Doctor Who so they did a good job.

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Dafuq?! That was Nebula??!!

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And now you know why we love her so. You don't even see the actor in Nebula, it's just Nebula

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126 points · 8 months ago

Ive always been in love with her.

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You must not have seen her in Doctor Who then

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Yep. I’ve only seen her in Guardians that I know of.

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She's in seasons 5-7 if you're interested. You can watch them without having seen the earlier seasons for the most part (although there's some great stuff in those seasons)

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(Spoiler: she appears in a police uniform. Kind of. A short police uniform).

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But did they get all the staples OUT??!!

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They didn't talk all weekend so they didn't have to go back up there on Saturday.... I would like to hear their conversation as they're pulling staples out for two hours

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can that be an extra on the blu ray

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112 points · 8 months ago

Fridge has removed fangs from a Mamba. He's a staple-removing-machine now. Probably.

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I thought the one gag about them seeing "the cutscene," was so great that I was bummed they didn't continue to run with it more. Thought it would've been pretty funny that Everytime the movie went to a scene that didn't have any of the players in it, they would see it and commentate over it happening.

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I was hoping for the same thing too. Would’ve made those scenes a whole lot better

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196 points · 8 months ago

I would have loved if one of the cutscenes involved them but they couldn't control their movements. Then the seamless transition between cutscene and the gameplay happens and they don't immediately understand that they can continue.

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50 points · 8 months ago

They could have done a lot more with the video game references, but taking the one you suggested as an example, I don't think a non video game player would have understood that joke, and even though it is a movie about video games, they are taking into account that most people probably don't play a lot of video games

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121 points · 8 months ago

They missed an opportunity about trying to skip a cutscene but you can’t

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Neglected his best friend from childhood because he considered himself too cool to hang around him

Manipulates said friend into doing homework for him

Gets caught and gets his friend sent to detention for it

Cruelly verbally assaults friend for something that was his own goddamn fault

PUSHES SAID FRIEND OFF A GODDAMN CLIFF when said friend makes a single comeback, setting the entire group one step closer to death

Tries to kick the crap out of friend when he comes back

Spends the entire movie being a whiny, bitchy asshole

Literally never apologizes for any of it

Is friends with the group at the end of the movie like nothing happened

Also, I love how every other cast member was working their asses off to do an impression of their teenage counterparts and Kevin Hart was just being Kevin Hart. Literally no effort whatsoever.

Fuck you, Kevin.

That said, I enjoyed the rest.

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in Kevin Hart's defense, he's generally cast to play Kevin Hart (like here), not to really completely capture a character

level 3

It stands out when every single member of the cast is doing it except for him

But for real, I don't blame him, just his role. Hated it.

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They should've made the kid play 'Kevin Hart' instead of Kevin Hart playing the kid. That way when they enter the game his character as Kevin Hart makes sense.

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That bothered me too. They should have at least made the teenage characters personality like Kevin Hart’s if that was the route they were going to take.

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I mean, we literally only saw like 3-4 minutes of his personality before they went into the game.

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Yea but he's obviously some tough jock not, Kevin hart lok

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131 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

I was really hoping they'd go more into his character and why he couldn't do his work. Maybe he's so overworked with football and stressed that he just needed Spencer to do him that one solid. Maybe he was going to play ball in college. But they just made him seem lazy which was an odd choice to me.

Edit: grammar/wording

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As many others have said, this movie is way better than I expected it to be. I was thinking it was going to be a pop-culture reference fest, but it wasn't. And that sort of why the film is so much better than it should be. It refuses to go after the truly cheap humor that you'd cringe at in a theater. Yes, there is some low-brow comedy, which isn't out of place in a film like this, but it's not overtly offensive. Overall, this is a really decent family film that has some mild action, mild humor, and a simple, straightforward story.

The movie isn't perfect, of course. There's a lot of ways in which the film is competently done, but it's done exclusively by the book. The best part of the film is the Breakfast Club-esque relationship between our four protagonists, who each have a small character arch as they learn to rely on each other to survive the game. Although the way in which those character moments play out is, as I mentioned earlier, fairly formulaic. Action scene leads to character scene leads to action scene.

Beyond that, the worst part of the movie is when they introduce the fifth protagonist. They wanted the movie to operate pretty much exactly like the original Jumanji, where Alan Parish disappeared into the jungle. They even have a scene where they find the hut built by Alan Parish when he was trapped in Jumanji (which actually makes very little sense, as we don't see any of the crazy mutant monsters in this version of Jumanji we got in the original film, like the man-eating plant or the enormous mosquitoes, or anything else). I respect they wanted a parallel with the previous film, but the first guy who gets trapped in the game adds nothing to the story and only serves to distract from the interactions with the four main protagonists. Also the villain is just...nobody. In the original Jumanji the Hunter was played by the same actor as Alan Parish's father, so you implicitly understood the whole dynamic there was about Alan learning to stand up to his dad and take responsibility for his actions and his own life. We don't have anything like that in this film, which is fine, but still leaves us with a dull, nobody villain.

Anyway, yeah, inoffensive, fun movie. Better than it probably has any right to be. Competently shot and executed. Little light on the action, maybe, compared to what I thought we'd get.

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Actually I liked that the antagonist was "nobody". The antagonist was the game itself.

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Holy shit I didn't realize they were played by the same actor

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It has been theorised that The Hunter will take on the appropriate clothing and appearence of someone the protagonist needs to stand up to and is afraid of.

The opening scene of Jumanji is set before Pith helmeted hunters existed. So it is assumed that if you played in the past, the hunter would suit the timeframe.

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Actually there were mutant animals. The albino rhinos ate people. As far as I am aware rhinos do not eat people!

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Fridge also said they were indigenous to Jumanji.

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618 points · 8 months ago

I really like how they had Alex name is child Bethany so they had a way to close their circle without him banging a child

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134 points · 8 months ago

Plot twist: He lied just to not make things awkward that he was old and unattractive

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I feel like they really hit us over the head with the way they said it though. They should have shown his kid and had him call her name instead of dumbing it down for everyone.

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189 points · 8 months ago

I kinda like the way they did it because it’s the character saying “I need you to understand I purposely named my daughter after you in case you turned out hot so I wouldn’t go to prison”

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562 points · 8 months ago

ZOOLOGY BITCH

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2.2k points · 9 months ago

"Hey Martha! Come check out my penis!"

Jack Black killed it in this.

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WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?!?!?

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146 points · 8 months ago

THAT'S HIS MOTHER'S NAME!!!

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Save Martha intensifies

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How much more do you think they paid Nick Jonas and Jack Black to do the whole mouth to mouth scene, cause like, they were really into it and it made my sides hurt

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Jack black is a method actor. He was a teenage girl and what teenage girl does not want to kiss Nick jonas.

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Nick Jonas has done "gay"/bi-sexual scenes before.

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36 points · 8 months ago

Link pls

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401 points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

Got dragged into this one and it was surprisingly enjoyable. The NPC dialogue jokes got some laughs out of me. The kiss scene and the scene where Roundhouse has to distract the guards was also hilarious. Some jokes didn't reallly land but I feel like that was because it was written for a teenage audience. Solid 7/10 for me.

Edit: I agree with other commenters that Jack Black's performance as a teenage girl trapped in a man's body was one of the high points of the film.

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1.7k points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

So many great things in this movie:

  • Jack Black acting as a teenage girl and fucking nailing it

  • Rock's smolder

  • Karen Gillian's dancing & body language

  • Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart

  • How the game was played in the movie

  • The young/real-life cast being likable despite being in the movie for less than 20 minutes

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1.1k points · 9 months ago

jack black was made for two roles. the one in school of rock, and this one

level 3

Don't forget about Tropic Thunder

level 4

I'd like to add Po to that list

The character would not be the same without him

level 5

You're absolutely right. That role was perfect for him.

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218 points · 8 months ago

"Yo jack, you want to play a dumb fat panda who ends up being basically a superhero and saves the world in an animated show?"

"You had me at dumb fat panda"

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102 points · 9 months ago

My favorite quote in general is "NO,YOU CAN'T HAVE AN FUCKING JELLYBEANS!"

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Swallow the grrrravy

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I'll never forget the sound he makes when he says that. Just gurgles after the words

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3 Roles, High Fidelity, School of Rock and Jumanji :)

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Nacho Libre too

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Karen Gillian's dancing & body language

Easily one of the best things for me as well. She had a great subtlety to her character.

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Her character especially. It was cool seeing an adult actress pulling off playing a teenager. All these little subtleties start coming out.

Same thing with The Island how Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor play adults with the emotional maturity of 14 year olds.

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160 points · 9 months ago

I find Kevin Hart a little too over the top most if the time (or maybe I just don't give his stuff a chance) but I really enjoyed him in this.

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30 points · 8 months ago

Yeah I tend to agree, though I think his style works really well for this movie considering he's playing the part of a teenager.

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Karen Gillian’s dancing & body language

Mmm yes, I concur...

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whose body?

/r/pics/comments/6b4h8j/karen_gillan_with_her_body_doubles/

http://i.imgur.com/ZNHCCRz.jpg

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Yes

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Check mate Atheists

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level 1

Didn't expect anything, was pleasantly surprised. Jack Black killed it.

And yo was that the old creep from Too Many Cooks in the bazaar?!

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I KNEW I RECOGNIZED THAT GUY FROM SOMEWHERE! Pretty awesome lol

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I mean, in the sense that he is literally everywhere at all times, sure.

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Yes that was William tokarsky.

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287 points · 8 months ago

I really liked it, but all I could think of after the movie was about how Colin Hanks was totally going to have an affair with Bethany and ruin his entire marriage.

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I'm glad that I'm not the only one that thought something like that. I mean I figured it would have to be something tamer then that because it's a family film, but I was trying to figure out if there was a way that the film would get them get together by the end despite the age difference.

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2.3k points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

This movie had just about every trope in the book, every character was a walking stereotype, and they forced every bit of exposition into it as possible...

...but there's just nothing better than watching two hours of Jack Black play a teenage girl. 8/10.

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399 points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

This movie had just about every trope in the book, every character was a walking stereotype, and they forced every bit of exposition into it as possible...

I got the feeling that it was intentional. "How do we write a purposedly corny narrative". Considering that the movie constantly plays with tropes in-universe (i.e. all the expositional remarks by Spencer, etc), I think this aspect fit right in. Even the stereotypical-ness of the characters works well with the premise of a "corny oldschool game" that the teens find.

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1.1k points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

I walked out trying to find a reason to hate it, but I just couldn't. The worst thing I can say about it is that it's safe. No boundaries were pushed at all in the making of this film. That said it's surprisingly enjoyable, forgettable, nonsense that hits a lot of notes well enough.

Had a better time with it than Justice League.

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Evil Studio Shill
937 points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

Go back in time 15 years and tell yourself that a Jumani reboot movie about a video game starring WWE star The Rock will be better than a Justice League movie that cost $300 million. I'd slap me.

Edit: Jesus christ some people are needlessly pedantic about jokes

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a Jumani reboot

Is it a reboot though, the '95 film finished with the game buried on a beach and the new movie's prologue has it found on a beach. Seems like a straight forward sequel to me.

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Steven Spielberg Enthusiast
127 points · 9 months ago

Didn't the '95 film end with it being on a French beach? I know the kids were speaking some language that I thought was French

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Actually really simple explanation. We know that whenever people play the game, time resets back to right when the game started. So presumably those girls played the game then when they won they then proceeded to try to get rid of it. A new group finds the game, plays it, etc. For all we know literally tens of thousands of years could have been played in between the first and second film.

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It's hard to steal the light away from Hart and Johnson, and Jack was able to level the playing field with just his antics.

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Movie Score Aficionado
250 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Henry Jackman continues to outclass every one of his contemporaries that comes out of Hans Zimmer media ventures lab. He's almost punching at the level of John Powell and this score just adds to the greats of Puss in Boots and Gulliver's Travels. When directors let him compose he really lets the orchestra rip. It's also nice he doesn't completely abandon the effective James Horner Jumanji percussion building motif and actually builds on it in really nice action cues like Into the Jungle. And incidental cues like Out of Character really hammer home that Jackman did his Horner homework on that original score.

The Jumanji Overture might be one of my favorite pieces of the year.

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117 points · 8 months ago

This is why I reddit, to find comments like these that remind me how much depth there is to things like movies. And I always appreciate all the effort put into making something.

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Jack Black is a national treasure in this movie.

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49 points · 8 months ago

Jables is a national treasure, period

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How does it feel to know that Jack black is going to get an Oscar for this

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FML Summer 2017 Winner
263 points · 9 months ago

He better deliver his acceptance speech as a teenage girl stuck in an overweight, middle-aged man's body.

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jack black on stage, oscar in hand: “oh my god. i, like, can’t even right now.”

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he forreal should’ve been nominated for Bernie. like he went on Kimmell the other night and said we need to stay peeled because he’s about to have his renaissance in the upcoming year. he seemed really confident that he’s got some great stuff coming up

also he was amazing in King Kong. his descent into madness was really satisfying. and we will donate every penny to his wife and children

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165 points · 9 months ago

Peter Jackson's King Kong gets a lot of crap for being so long, but I loved every bit of it.

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same here. I don’t understand the fuss of it being too long. the three act structure feels so damn organized. plus the Skull Island history/biology textbook was amazing, shit was so well thought out. the new Kong suffered so much imo because it was so short and rushed, and so much stuff would happen off-screen. I swear the group kept getting bigger without any explanation, and it felt like 2 movies morphed together. but on the other hand it had one of the most touching endings I’ve seen in awhile. real shit I almost shed a tear

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265 points · 9 months ago · edited 9 months ago

Should've been Bernie. He would have won.

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I would love him to get an oscar nom for playing a teenage girl. It would be fucking hilarious and I'm sure the show could use some levity this year.

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It was surprisingly solid, and honestly probably one of the best "video game" movies out there despite not being based on one specifically (I think that might actually have helped)

This movie is a fantastic example of how consistent tone is one of the most important pieces of any film. It would not be anywhere near as enjoyable if it made any sort of misstep in that department.

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513 points · 9 months ago

Would you say it’s a movie that “knows what it is”?

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I think that's a solid way of putting it, but then again I feel like a concept is only a line on which to drape what really makes a movie shine.

I'd say it's more akin to a movie made by people who knew what they were good at and played to their strengths.

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That makes me happy. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm pretty sure my friend will make me. If you want another good video game movie not about a specific video game, watch Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Incredible movie

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I'd throw Edge of Tomorrow in there too. A very video-gamey movie without actually being about video games at all. It's basically just Tom Cruise experiencing Dark Souls, but while wearing a mech suit and fighting against aliens.

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I enjoyed it. Might be in love with Karen Gillan.

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123 points · 8 months ago

I enjoyed it. Might be in love with Karen Gillan.

Who knew Nebula was so gorgeous underneath all that murderous cybernetic alien makeup?

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334 points · 8 months ago

Every single Dr Who fan

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Doctor Who fan here.

Join the club. Karen Gillan is stunning.

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Didn't see the original movie so I had no other info going into it. That said, I absolutely loved it.

Jack Black was easily the best part of the movie and the scene where Martha had to seduce those two guards had me fucking rolling xD

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379 points · 9 months ago

The original has Robin Williams and is a ton of fun. Weekend homework.

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Saw an early screening a while back and enjoyed what I saw. Thought critics wouldn't like it since I usually have bad taste but I'm surprised about the critical reception.

One thing that I remembered bothered me was The Rock suggesting to Karen Gillan near the end that they stay in Jumanji world after all the bad shit they went through just to survive. Is that scene still there? And does the Jack Black girl still suddenly love nature and the outdoors after having mostly bad experiences in Jumanji?

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543 points · 8 months ago

I thought the jack black girl wanting to go backpacking and adventure was more about her realizing how much more there is in the world when she gets off her phone than love of nature.

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And it's not like all the bad stuff in Jumanji is going to happen in the real world. I bet there was a real sense of 'Ya know, that would have been a great experience had everything not been out to kill me'. And despite all the danger, I think she really enjoyed herself anyway. Because, as you stated, her whole character arch was about discovering how grand in interesting the world was once you weren't staring at your phone 24/7.

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303 points · 9 months ago

I took the end as more them happy to stay in their new forms now that the land had been freed from the curse.

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766 points · 9 months ago

he wanted to smash karen gillan's body not the high school girl

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"We should stay here forever!"

"No, we must go back."

"...I only need 2 minutes."

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I mean, i probably also wanted to do that while looking like The Rock

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He wanted both. He probably would have gone back to smash the real Martha after Karen Gillian.

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Which would pretty much be the prequel to Inception. They spend forever in Jumanji, grow old together, and then finally wake up in the present day, but she still thinks they're in the game, so she kills herself and frames him, and then he becomes a fugitive who puts people into Jumanji in order to extract and incept information.

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Yes and yes

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I was invited to watch this movie by a friend and didn't really know anything about it prior to going in. Was very pleasantly surprised. This movie was cleverly done, had a charming cast and was really quite hilarious. Even if the leads were well-established and recognizable faces, they did an incredibly convincing job of acting like the teenage characters. They successfully sold the idea that these were just kids in famous actors' bodies, rather than just actors attempting to behave like "adolescents". Was particularly impressed/surprised by Jack Black (who I thought was the best part of the film), Dwayne Johnson (who nailed the "awkward nerd" despite being a hulking bodybuilder with an exuberant real-life personality) and Kevin Hart (who's a very funny comedian with a trend of shitty movies, this being a fortunate exception). I also loved the usage of the video game dynamics - they felt properly integrated into the plot instead of gimmicky and forced in order to plug the Jumanji brand. Only big downside was the villain, who I found utterly unremarkable, but most sci-fi/adventure games have mediocre villains anyways so i guess I can say that was "true to form". Overall, this obviously wasn't the most brilliant movie of the year, and did have some corny moments here and there, but was certainly entertaining as fuck and made me feel good walking out of the theater. Perfect for alleviating a boring weekend, bring some friends along if you can.

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Karen Gillan is gorgeous as hell.

That ends my review of Jumanji.

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Shes my future wife.

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How can you say that, you’re my future wife! YOU ARE TEARING ME APART LISA!

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"I feel like, since I lost my phone, my other senses have heightened."

"Does 'phone' mean something different in the future?"

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151 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Saw this with my kids and parents as kind of a "family movie night" yesterday.

COLLECTION OF RANDOM THOUGHTS

SPOILERS

--The references to the prior Jumanji were sparse, but meaningful and somewhat cleverly inserted. I will say, however, that I did not forget that Parrish was supposedly marooned in Africa during the first film, while these characters are clearly marooned in South America.

--We were all delighted by this. I expected two hours of "not much," and I came out having laughed heartily and been quite entertained.

--Jack Black straight up steals this movie, with an assist from Gillan. Just outright thievery. Those two are a hoot every time they take center stage.

--Johnson? Eh. Surprisingly, he is easily the least compelling of the four ... five? ... leads for me. Easily. Black, Gillan, and to a lesser extent Hart, are all funnier and capture the angst of being transformed in a more entertaining way. Johnson has a few good comedic scenes (smolder ... lol ...) but he's relegated to straight man a lot, and that's boring. It doesn't help that he's the only one of the mains who is legitimately happy about the body swap, as those are some of the funniest moments.

--My parents understood essentially none of the video game references, but me and the kids loved them.

--The characters dying from video game shit had me convulsing in laughter. Not as much as Gillan's "distraction" scene, though. She's pretty hot and fierce in this.

--Okay, I may have been completely oblivious or overthinking things, but I was utterly wrong in my prediction-while-watching of what happened to the boy from 1996 who vanished. I thought he became the villain (which, actually, I think would have made for a more engaging final third of the film). Instead, when he shows up halfway through, I was genuinely surprised. The somewhat rushed "let's stay behind" option we see from Johnson might have had a little more weight to it if we had seen another character descend into evil due to being trapped in the game for so long.

--Bazaar sequence and the "transportation" checkpoint probably my favorite part of the film. Just a riot.

--The final action sequence fell slightly flat for me as really only two of the characters had much to do, but by then the movie was coasting on so much goodwill I was just having a great time.


We all liked it. Much more than I expected. It's no Zathura, and I don't know if it's quite as good as its predecessor, but given how highly I praise Zathura and the original Jumanji that doesn't mean it's a bad film. I think if they had reworked the helicopter sequence and final fight a bit, and maybe given 1996 boy a more compelling narrative (given how long he's been trapped in the game), it would have made a difference ... but I still liked it plenty.

**Oh, one more thing.

I love Kualoa valley (Oahu). Love it. One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and after spending a few days there years ago, I made it a point to visit a second time with my kids. Really gorgeous.

Hollywood needs to consider retiring it as a movie backdrop for a while. Seriously. It's starting to immediately pull me out of whatever setting I'm supposed to be in when that iconic valley is popping up all the fucking time. I get it, no one wants to travel to Brazil or Kenya to film. Pick a different fucking valley in Hawaii.

****And Gillan's outfit? Shorts could have been even shorter, and midriff baring shirt could have definitely bared even more midriff.

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I did not forget that Parrish was supposedly marooned in Africa during the first film, while these characters are clearly marooned in South America.

Umm... wasn't it just some fictional jungle in both?

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62 points · 8 months ago

while these characters are clearly marooned in South America.

Jaguars are from South America, but both hippos and rhinos are African animals. It was a video game jungle.

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"Zoology, BITCH!" Kevin Hart was hilarious.

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74 points · 8 months ago

... which turned out to be the most useful skill in the game.

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I gotta disagree, the most usefull skill was the smoldering intensity.

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146 points · 8 months ago

Film was filled with cliches and stereotypes and I loved every bit of it. Was a super enjoyable and hilarious film. Jack Black playing a teenage girl was amazing.

Easy 8.5/10 for me.

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They even made the dick jokes funny. I expected those to be unbearable.

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This movie was so full of cheese, but I had a fun time watching it. And I think that this needed cheese and had to play into just about every cliche in the book. Overall, it’s an enjoyable movie, and I think if people were afraid of it disgracing the Jumanji name, that they shouldn’t be.

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I think it actually does really well in matching the tone of the first one. Goofy, but with heart, and a lesson learned by the end.

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Great cast. Surprised how much I liked it. Jack Black killed every scene he was in.

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102 points · 8 months ago

He and Karen Gillan stole like half the scenes in the movie.

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71 points · 8 months ago

You can't denied the Rock was doing great too.

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He was smoldering.

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Don't cry don't cry don't cry don't cry.

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364 points · 9 months ago

You can tell how much fun the cast had in this movie and that's a large part for why this was such a crowd-pleaser for me, and the rest of the screening I was with when I saw it a couple weeks ago.

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black absolutely crush it. You can argue that Kevin Hart is just Kevin Hart (and I wouldn't be able to argue with you on that), but would you really want him dialed back playing the stoic teenaged-version Fridge that the movie presented us with? The answer is likely no there.

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226 points · 8 months ago

The actors deserve their props here. Kevin Hart is just being Kevin Hart but for some reason I had no issues imagining the real world Fridge behaving as Kevin Hart does. The Rock is here in body but the spirit is definitely the awkward Spencer nerd. All the actors bring their A-Game; I had zero issues believing they were really trapped in their bodies here.

I feel like that’s why the movie feels more authentic than we expected. I know for sure I went in expecting the actors to just be themselves and pretend to be the people they were trapped in, but they delivered top performances. Kudos

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I agree about Kevin Hart. I can't argue that he was definitely just playing himself, but for some reason it didn't bother me and it felt like it worked. I think maybe because it felt believable that he was acting out due to both his physical stature as well as social stature taking a nosedive and pulling out his insecurities. We see him stoic in the real world because he's a 6'4 musclebound jock that's confidant. In Jumanji he's turned into a 5'4 scrawny guy with a high pitched voice. He suddenly went from being the alpha male to the nobody. I can see how that can cause someone to act that way.

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I had a blast watching this movie. Not going to lie, Kevin Hart stole the show. I actually kind of want another sequel now with a similar concept.

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I would love a sequel that pays homage to good video game sequels but also trashes bad ones.

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The cast was so much better than the script deserved.

3/5 mainly for Johnson/Gillan/Black

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Oh man, the way this movie lampooned thre typical behaviour of NPC characters from early video games was just glorious.

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This movie made me tear up. The end scene with Alex and his daughter being named after Bethany. That was so sweet and Bethany had a very good character arc. She was a generic girl sure. Throughout the movie she really changed, in the end she became very 3 dimensional. Was not expecting to be emotional in the end.

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The friendship between Bethany and Martha was nice, they got over their initial clashing by actually talking about it.

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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.

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156 points · 8 months ago

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

GOD

DAMN

IT.

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715 points · 9 months ago

Hey I worked on this film! Glad people are enjoying it!

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399 points · 9 months ago

Holy shit, are you the Rock?!

Fun movie btw.

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121 points · 9 months ago

Can I ask what kind of work?

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416 points · 9 months ago

I was a Postvis artist for a company in LA called The Third Floor. I composite and animated a lot of the shots and the bigger companies “finalize” them but make it look like the shots I have created. I worked on films such as Guardians Vol 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor Ragnarok. I now work as a Matchmove artist for a company called Luma Pictures doing finals and am currently working on two upcoming Marvel films (can’t talk about them yet) but this movie was my first non-marvel film and I loved working on it! I did a lot of the Jaguar shots and the alligators.

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Assistant dolly grip. Like the great Kit Duncan.

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153 points · 9 months ago

Just watched it, and I guess I was pleasantly surprised since I was not expecting it to be good.

I think it did a really good job of being its own thing while having references to the original movie. The humor and chemistry between the characters was also pretty good too imo.

It's an overall fun movie to watch; I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't seen the trailer though.

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So we’re all in agreement that Alex is going to have an affair with Bethany, right?

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About that, I think it is not easy for Alex to have an affair with Bethany when he named his daughter after her.

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159 points · 9 months ago

You have not been watching internet porn for the last year or so, have you...?

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The actress that played Bethany was absolutely smoking hot, doubt many married men in their 40s could resist her.

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You must not be happily married with children to assume something like that. Or you were joking, in which case I totally missed it

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I started thinking of the scene from "Beautiful Girls" where Natalie Portman's character tells Timothy Hutton to "wait for her to turn 18"... FWIW, the actress who plays her, Madison Iseman, is 20 in real life. Totally legal boner.

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A film that had the same magic and heart as the original.

The writing was on point, understanding that making complex characters for this type of movie would be pointless so instead the characters were all great in their zone and the relationship building was good as well.

The story is an adventure with Jumanji in mind inside a video game and it totally works, the villain is basically a place holder villain that all Marvel movies have been doing lately and the movie doesn't really suffer for it at all (just a tiny bit), as all the free screen time was spent on character development that is important to the movie.

The writers did Jumanji lore justice and this movie was fun, exciting, and provided a lot of laughs along the way. The acting was really good considering the main actors had to act like the younger versions of themselves and vice-versa.

9/10 inside the Comedy-Adventure realm. Could watch it 1-2 more times.

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Jack Black deserved an Oscar for his performance

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So the original Jumanji is the one movie that absolutely scared the shit out of me as a kid, and I have not watched it since.

That being said, I absolutely loved the camp and ridiculousness of this. The whole bit about having to teach Bethany how to pee with a penis had me in stitches.

But I was also really stoned. So maybe that's why I thought it was so good.

8/10 really enjoyed it

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This was a really fun movie. The Cast was great in this and it seemed like they really had fun with their roles. Story was pretty straightforward but there’s enough action and humor that makes up for it. I also liked some of the references made to the original.

Overall I would give this a 8.5/10. Definitely one of the surprises of the year

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59 points · 8 months ago

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!

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Anyone else fascinated by the background at times?

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50 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Fun, hilarious and enjoyable romp with some loose plots points here and there. Had a good time.

Ps. Karen Gillan for Kim Possible Live Action Movie.

edit: also wished they slowed down the momentum of the 'coming of age/breakfast club' bit. It was a bit sudden in certain areas. Either way, entertaining.

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

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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.

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I was shocked at just how good this was. I had seen the trailers a while back and it seemed like it was just forcing the Rock and Kevin Hart back into a movie with each other. Given its recent praise, I was a little more optimistic. My expectations were met and exceeded. Even though the movie is credited with four screenwriters, they know how to make the story flow. Character development was limited but surprisingly effective. Dramatic moments really landed because of this. I think the Rock has made a seamless transition to the big screen. His characters' insecurity is never forced, it seems to come naturally. Kevin Hart is simply funny being Kevin Hart. Karen Gillan is funny and sexy in equal measure. But the performance of the movie is Jack Black. A chubby white dude inheriting the controller of a lame-brained girl was a great move and it paid off. His voice takes a little getting used to but you completely forget about it once he starts rolling.

It might be better than the original. Get a group together and have a blast.

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50 points · 8 months ago

I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did, all the cast did a great job but Jack Black steals the show as Bethany, not many actors could've pulled that role off so convincingly but he wasn't only believable as a teenage girl he was hilarious.

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"Oh my god these things are crazy!"

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45 points · 8 months ago

Karen's dance fighting wasn't really dance fighting at all. More like fighting whilst music plays haha. Still enjoyed the movie though.

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This movie has no right being as good as it is.

The action scenes are limp, the plot is middling, and the out-of-game scenes are pretty much useless. But everything else knocks it out of the park. The banter is hilarious, and dear lord, the performances are some of the absolute best comic turns I've seen all year.

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50 points · 8 months ago

I like every character and Bethany is the stand out. The preparing for seduction scene is the funniest scene i've watched in a long time and I didn't intend to laugh at a penis joke but Martha come look at my penis line got me.

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"hey can't you just drive us to the statue?"

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This movie was about 80 times better than it had any business being. Jack Black is a treasure.

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As a lifelong fan of the original film I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this one. The big thing for me though was the tribute to Robin Williams. And I don't mean Alan's name carved into a wooden post. I mean the more symbolic tribute no one seems to notice...the elephant. One of the last clues the players recieve involves an elephant being their signal to begin climbing the statue to replace the gem. Not only do they recieve a small figurine of an elephant but you later see a full sized statue of it in the background. Shortly after, while cornered by Van Pelt at the movie's climax Fridge, who's come face to face with a real elephant, rides it out of the woods and the elephant clears the path for them to win the game, which is the clue they were looking for. So how is this a tribute to Robin? He was the elephant. In the original film his game token was the elephant. He even specifically mentions it after agreeing to help Judy and Peter finish playing. In a symbolic way, even in death, Robin was looking out for the players. He was their way of surviving the game. It's subtle but I hope it was intentional because it's a more heartfelt tribute than just "Alan was here" scratched into a post.

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Just saw it, it was better than i anticipated and I am a big fan of the original. I would rewatch it in theaters yes. Its better than Pitch Perfect 3 at least. Man Karen Gillan is so sexy.

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Decent film. I left pleasantly surprised, which is about how everyone else is describing the movie. Well-paced and well-casted. None of the main cast feels out of place in their roles, and the comedy hits most of its marks, although some of the jokes drag on just a bit too long (mostly on Kevin Hart's end). For that, I'll give it title of the best family comedy of the year– not that there was a ton of competition this year in particular.

I felt the screenplay was the biggest weakness but I wasn't expecting much out of it going in, at least. I never really felt the characters were in any real crisis as they rarely experienced moments of legitimate failure– everything just seemed to go their way, with a few small bumps in the road along the way. The antagonist was also one of, if not the weakest villain character I've seen all year. He created so little tension until the climax of the film and even then, he didn't provide much of a roadblock to the characters' goal. The fucking rhinos were the biggest threat to the party. But whatever, I'm not digging into the screenplay too much because the movie was fun enough to work for me despite its many flaws.

My biggest gripe, and it's honestly just a big nitpick, is that during Karen Gillan's two dance fight scenes, her kicks and punches were not choreographed to the beats of "Baby I Love Your Way" the way Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde handled it earlier this year. Totally a missed opportunity there, would've made those scenes a lot more fun. Good movie to watch with the whole family, 6/10 overall.

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Not defending the villain but I will point out that a crappy pointless villain that is simply there to give the heroes someone to fight is pretty par for the course in those types of games.

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Exactly my feelings and why I wasn’t upset with him at all.

He’s an old video game boss

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38 points · 8 months ago

I wanted the boomerang to be gone till the end of the movie. And at the end when the villain has them pinned down and is about to murder them, it comes back and knocks him out.

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was pleasantly surprised by this one, was actually a pretty good modernization of the original while still being a funny movie on its own. Jack Black was born to play a vapid teenage girl

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