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[–]IamRemus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just watched it, what a fun and nice movie, probably the best video game non-video game movie. =)

[–]Murphy_Nelson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]RadBadTad -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

The writers didn't seem to think much of their audience, intelligence or memory wise. It seemed like a movie for children who don't know how video games work. Too dumb and heavy handed for adults, but too "telephone with the big buttons for the elderly" for younger kids.

Most of the dialog was insultingly stupid and stilted, but the main characters were still the best part of the movie. I'm glad I waited to rent it on Google Play though.

[–]PBOlad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thoroughly enjoyed. It deserved to clip The Last Jedi's wings...

[–]plagues138 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The movie was better than a "21 years late" sequel to jumanji should have been.

Was it great? No. Was it bad? No. I was pleasantly surprised.

[–]knightradient 0 points1 point  (2 children)


Nothing good or really bad about the film. Just sorta there. I didn't laugh once the entire film. The acting was good (except for Kevin Hart who was bearable for once). Falt wierdly offensive at times unnecessarily.

Very predictable and the few things I git wrong would if made a much smarter movie I felt.

[–]SloppyNegan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How did you only laugh once

[–]knightradient 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because it's wasn't funny.

[–]that1christianhijabi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Another one of those movies with a predictable boy-kisses-girl scene shoehorned in the last 2 minutes of the movie. Why am I not surprised.

For the most part, it was fun to watch but I wish they had developed the villain a bit more. It felt like he had less than 10 minutes of screen time.

[–]unconnected3 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Great movie. I liked how the story was stupid, yet the writers made sure to make sure there were no plot holes and explanations for everything. Also they used tropes to make the movie better, not just for tropes sake.

Would recommend to anyone. had a relatable message about video game confidence vs IRL confidence as well which was nice

[–]dubidubidoorafa 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Fun movie. Villain was dissapointing but everything else was good.

[–]Klinched 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I thought at first the Villain would have been Alex turned bad from being in there for so long

[–]Brittle_Bones_Bishop 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was actually really good, i dont know what i was expecting but i thoroughly enjoyed it.

Everybody killed it.

[–]itsmanu 6 points7 points  (8 children)

If he went back to his childhood timeline in 1996 and lived his life, doesnt that mean the other teens would have never played the game? I was a bit confused by that. Are we supposed to believe that he came back to his timeline but never did his best to stop other kids from playing the game?

Or in other words, his return to 1996 should have erased the other timeline and the other kids shouldnt have remembered him OR if the kids were in the game, what happened to the kids that lived at the same time as the first kid growing up from 1996 onwards in the new timeline. Did they get erased after their return? Cruel lol

Sorry my english is getting bad when i am thinking too much lol

[–]RadBadTad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He also probably would have grown out of using the dumb 1996 slang, and likely wouldn't still be wearing a Metallica T-Shirt, but hey...

[–]MrBoniz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It is a paradox. If Alex(1996 guy) had prevented the kids from playing the game then there wouldn't be anyone to save him.

[–]elpresidente-4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The game is out of this Universe element. It chooses the players, not the other way around. You can throw it away, destroy it, it will find you.

[–]Protosulex 2 points3 points  (2 children)

are...are you the cinema sins guy?

[–]itsmanu 4 points5 points  (1 child)


[–]StakDoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Look up "everything wrong with" on YouTube. That's the cinema sins guy.

[–]krneki12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

C'mon, would you prefer a sad ending just to keep the logic? :(
Besides, you are trying to apply logic to time travel.

[–]lazersquad 4 points5 points  (0 children)

damn, I haven't thought about that lol. Yeah, that's true. We'd have no idea if the kids would have found the console in school too. Good point lol

[–]dickpill 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Jack Black is the best thing in this movie, right before Karen Gillan's stomach.

[–]UnknownDragonSlayer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I actually believe Kevin Hart's role was funnier than Jack Black's. I love them both, but Black's character got annoying.

[–]DrunkinMunkey 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Great casting I believe. And a pretty unique way of transitioning it from the original board game.

[–]RadBadTad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And a pretty unique way of transitioning it from the original board game.

I thought the idea of making it a video game was good, but the actual transition itself was really dumb. It was literally "The board game decided to be a video game now don't ask questions"

[–]FreezingGuy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Great movie. Things I loved:

-How hard they went with the Jack Black/Bethany romance angle. Creepy as hell but hilarious.

-The fact that "teenage" Fridge is a 30 year old man

-The gratuitous amount of footage focused exclusively on The Rock's lubed up guns

Invite some friends over, crack a couple beers and get ready for a silly movie.

[–]APF429 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Very happy this was actually good.

[–]silmarillionas 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was grinning ear to ear at the end. Loved every minute of it.

[–]automatetheuniverse 18 points19 points  (0 children)

In a real world teeming with terrible remakes, sequels, prequels -- seemingly one shameless cash grab after another -- I was so relieved to travel to this world of Jumanji. Even if only for a couple hours. This movie not only speaks to the 2 generations that fell in love with the original, it embraces a 3rd. I know it's not a psyche-melting or life-changing film, but everything this Jumanji has - it has in spades.


[–]yesyepyea 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This was wayy better than expected. i cried at the end, and I don't care.

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

I didn't like it. :/ I was a huge fan of the original as a kid, and when I dreamed about another Jumanji movie it was NOT this. Hollywood couldn't of chosen some other project to reboot? Fuck.

[–]abstergofkurslf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Pretty good

[–]drflanigan 16 points17 points  (8 children)

Why did the younger people remember everything that happened?

In the first movie, when Robin Williams woke up back in time when he first played, he meets the kids after time passes and they don't remember anything.

I get it's a different movie, but it seemed more like a sequel, it should follow the rules of the original.

[–]Momasaur 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just finished watching. My theory: In the original, they dropped the game into the river, to try to avoid it being found again, and used their knowledge to alter future events. It kind of seems that Alex popped back into his own time, and just left the game to hang around, instead of attempting to destroy it?

Or there are alternate timelines.

This whole thing is just bothering me, this giant hole in an otherwise completely plausible movie.

[–]FallingSputnik 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Technically, he went back to his childhood where those children didn't exist yet (because they haven't been born.) It's a different time line where those children never played the game.

[–]drflanigan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah but so did the first guy from this movie. He went back and lived his life but somehow the kids remembered everything.

[–]FallingSputnik 7 points8 points  (0 children)

In this new movie, we're looking at the kid's time line. We never saw the kids go back to their own time line in the first movie, we saw Alan go back to his own, and in his original time line, he never met the kids. So in the kid's time line, they recognize each other since both parties have already met. There's an alternate time line out there where the first guy returns home, probably breaks the game or something, and those kids never experienced the Jumanji video game. I don't know, this is why movies with time travel are tricky, they open up these time paradoxes and shit gets confusing, but at least we got an ending with the kid's timeline this time.

[–]Aiyakiu 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I don't think it's honestly that confirmed that the kids from the original didn't remember. The thing that surprised them, iirc, was how the ski trip was a bad thing.

[–]FallingSputnik 3 points4 points  (2 children)

How could they possibly remember? In that time line, they never moved into his old house, and never came across the board game. There's no possible way that they would have known that ever happened in another time line.

[–]Aiyakiu 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Magic? And anyway, we didn't see them return to their timeline post game like we did Alan - just like how this time we returned with the younger kids.

Using this movie as a second example I can assume Peter and Judy returned to their lives the moment they would have started the game, memories intact, but living in the house of their parents with their parents still alive.

[–]FallingSputnik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's probably a time line where they returned back to Alan's house, before they actually found the game, but we never got to see that. As the viewers we have to assume they returned to their own alternate timeline, but in Alan's time line those children were never exposed to Jumanji.

[–]S3b45714N 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It was entertaining and funny but it was too full of zero plot, horrible acting, plot holes and low substance characters

[–]Merlin_Shaw 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Just like... hmmm... Video Games :D

[–]Charles_Higgens 35 points36 points  (1 child)

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

[–]RadBadTad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Playing a board game, you can just move your pieces to the end too, but that's not how the game works.

[–]Lady_Asteria 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Can somebody explain that why in this version Alex just poofed back to 96 like he wasn't gone for a day. And in the original Robin Williams aged 20 years and came back into his old house with time passing by?

Note; I wanted a happier ending for Bethany.

[–]jimmyjay90210 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know this is a month old, but why do you want a happier ending for Bethany? She asks her friend to go backpacking with her. Backpacking means no cellphone reception. She's given up her social media fake life for the real world. Look how much happier she is as she's always smiling now instead of being "too pretty to be nice".

So she doesn't get the guy, who cares. She's only 16 anyway, she has a full life of adventure ahead of her.

[–]FallingSputnik 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I don't think you're remembering it correctly. He wasn't in a video game using an 'avatar' type character. He was aging within Jumanji, and was then returned back to Earth. Once the game ended he eventually goes back to his own time line as a child

[–]Rugtol 31 points32 points  (2 children)

In the end of the original, Robin Williams went back to his childhood after they finished the game.

[–]S3b45714N 5 points6 points  (1 child)

True but in the original, he ages while in the game whereas he doesn't in the new film

[–]Buffalowhisperealoha 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Because it was an Avatar.

[–]Cakes2015 39 points40 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]KM_Home_Exe 12 points13 points  (0 children)

they could have made a microtransaction joke to bully ea&co

[–]TeslaK20 16 points17 points  (1 child)

As a fan of the original:

First of all, I did not like what they did with Van Pelt. They should have kept him as a British big-game hunter, not some creepy guy with animals crawling all over him.

More importantly though, I feel this movie is at a "lower level" than the original. It felt "dumbed down" and "pop-cultured", and it lacked the mysterious and serious dark nature of the original. This one was too tongue in cheek and parodic.

Also look at the people involved. Joe Johnston, the director of the original, was a friend of George Lucas, and the director of the amazing October Sky and Captain America movies. Jake Kasdan, on the other hand, is the director of... ahem... Bad Teacher and Sex Tape.

This applies to the cast too. Robin Williams>>>Dwayne Johnson. Robin was one of the greatest American actors ever. Dwayne is a glorified wrestler. But modern audiences apparently prefer "smoldering intensity" to actors playing exquisite roles.

That said, I liked the movie. It was really fun to watch. But the original and Zathura beat it every time.

[–]abudabu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I couldn't agree more. I love Jack Black, but I found this unwatchable. I don't understand how people can have any sympathy for such petulant, self-centered characters. The "comedy" was all uniformly lame too.

The characters of the original Jumanji had a sweetness and innocence to them. These characters were numbingly shallow, and the humor seemed like it was pitched at the lever of Big Bang Theory. Cheap, juvenile laughs.

[–]waitingtodiesoon 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Is it realistic for teens of the age those actors were supposed to be to know who Cindy Crawford is in the year 2016?

[–]Charles_Higgens 7 points8 points  (0 children)

i thought it was funny when there was a deafening silence when he said "fly like cindy crawford"

[–]525600Pepes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The parents taking their kids to the movie will know who she is. Given the other 1990s references and lingo, they seem the target audience for those lines, so they in turn can verify the accuracy to their kids. See also the movie posters in the movie It.

[–]outtogetme1 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Im 22 and I don't know who that it (maybe its cause im British idk)

[–]waitingtodiesoon 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I am not much older than you, but American. I don't know the exact history of Cindy Crawford, but she was a supermodel and was a big deal in the 80s to mid 90s or maybe early 2000s.

[–]0914566079 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some might. Vaguely heard of her.

[–]neoslith 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I think it would have been a real plot-twist if they found out there was a difficulty setting and they accidentally put it on Hard with no way to bring it down.

[–]m2thek 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I was pleasantly surprised, but I think they missed two opportunities:

  1. Playing with the "extra life" concept, meaning that the bars represent how many lives you have in addition to the one you're currently playing with.

  2. Using Fridge's cake ability as a sort of last-ditch-kamikaze effort to save the rest of the group. This could have coupled nicely with the extra life idea: The group is captured and all hope is lost. Fridge remembers something, and he digs in his bag to pull out a piece of cake. After a moment of struggle, he eats it then runs into the group of baddies, sacrificing his real life to save his friends. The group is saved, and everyone mourns, but wait! He comes back with 0 lives remaining :)

Other than that, it was some unexpected dumb fun with a few really great laughs.

[–]randomPH1L 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I think your second idea would not work due to current world events, well maybe not current but recent.

What you describe is basically a suicide bombing seeing as Fridge explodes when he eats cake, not really suitable for a fun movie.

[–]rancidangel 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Karen Gillan is really cute in the film! Super entertain by the movie. And I was impress how they implemented the video mechanics to the movie. I kinda cringe on the second dance fighting the first one is fine but the second is a no for me.

[–]bfhurricane 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Really liked this film. Growing up, I’ve watched Jumanji a dozen times on VHS, and I can appreciate how it was evolved into the “gaming platform” of that era. All the characters were great and had a solid share of screen time. The usage of video game tropes in particular (NPCs having limited dialogue, respawning, the cutscene, character strengths and weaknesses) were cleverly done and not as “r/fellowkids” as I thought it would be.

I initially thought this movie would be utter shite, but it was word of mouth that got me to see it, and deservingly so. Good action comedy, 7/10.

[–]stiiggzz 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Did the film have a radically different plot when first announced? I ask because at my local cinema in Qatar there's a large window poster advertising a very different looking plot. Some of the cast are in it, but Dwayne Johnson looks completely different (with a beard), it's not called 'welcome to the jungle' and it seems like it was going to be an 80s themed movie (tagine: 'it's back but this time it's straight to vhs', and furry dice in the picture). I've had a look around but not found anything about this; anyone got any ideas what's going on? Poster here: https://i.imgur.com/XBHrWhC.jpg

[–]westleysnipez[🍰] 19 points20 points  (2 children)

That's an obvious fake and a pretty poorly done photoshop job, definitely not an official poster. The photo of Kevin Hart is from one of his stand up routines, Jack Black's is pulled from one of his earlier movies, and the Rock's appears to be from one of his WWE poses.

[–]stiiggzz 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That sounds about right. Quite why a cinema would fake a window display is beyond me though.

[–]JTheRage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just goes to show the marketing team's expectations with the tagline 'straight to VHS'

[–]BjornBeetleBorg 10 points11 points  (4 children)

It was pretty entertaining besides weak dialogue basically throughout and poor villain development. Jack Black is wonderful.

[–]Mrtheliger 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I don't think the villain was meant to be well developed

[–]BjornBeetleBorg 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well then they really succeeded

[–]Mrtheliger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I just kind of got the impression he wasn't supposed to be some character we should feel sympathy for or even care for, but instead just a cliche bad guy you kill and forget about like in a lot of older games, and even some games today

[–]neoslith 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah the BBEG was pretty boring. Only showing up in person during the final confrontation and not even doing that much was pretty lame.

[–]bigtimpn 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I fully cracked up when Kevin Hart explodes after eating the pound cake. Hilarious.

[–]Charles_Higgens 6 points7 points  (0 children)

better when he respawns and falls into a bunch of stuff

[–]TexasKobeBeef 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Welcome to the jungle. We got fun and games.

[–]allukaha 12 points13 points  (2 children)

It's pretty much the breakfast club meets an indiana jones comedy movie.

I thought it was just an all around solid movie, with some extra stuff that I thought were cool concepts to explore in a movie. Like, every character gets three lives, that was cool and added something interesting to the movie. Some stuff early on doesn't make much sense, and Bethany's character is really, really unrealistic at first. She's basically like how your grandma might expect a 12 year old of today to be, obsessed with instagram, and completely self obsorbed, but gets better as they develop her. There's some character development with a couple of the characters, but Bethany's is very well done.

I don't like Jack Black and this movie wasn't an exception to that, but his lines were all written very well, and to be fair he had great timing, I just don't like his delivery.

[–]one_why 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I know several girls exactly like that character.

[–]SpoopyButthole 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Same here. My younger sister is acts exactly like her, it's hilarious watching the film and have Bethany whine about her phone and no one liking her selfie and coming home and hearing it from my sister

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]neoslith 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I feel this film was a big fantasy for Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson.

They could really nerd and geek out playing characters they'd normally NEVER be cast as. You could tell they were really into the characters and it really helped drive the film.

[–]PassTheL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best/Most fun movies I've seen in my (somewhat) recent memory: 1. Arrival 2. Jumanji 3. Mother 4. Spider-Man

[–]torkahn808 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This movie filled the adventure genre very well, something that has been lacking in Hollywood recently (National Treasure 3 hype?)

Karen Gillan and Jack Black I felt, carried this movie and they captured their teenage selves.

Nice touch with the callback to the original Jumanji.

[–]Bakersquare 29 points30 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Maximus_Decimus92 6 points7 points  (4 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?

[–]RadBadTad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not as good as the original, but still fun. It'll just make you want to watch the first one, but it won't ruin it.

[–]Benrein 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yes, it respects the first Jumanji. It allows it to be a sequel, but a stand alone. It isn't required to see the first to understand the plot of the second. However,

[–]ZTexas 18 points19 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 15 points16 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 15 points16 points  (2 children)

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 29 points30 points  (1 child)

That was such a highlight for me

[–]Benrein 22 points23 points  (0 children)

As a girl, I really appreciated this scene bwhahahahahh. Normally, it would be a dude in a girl's body and the jokes would be crazy. I am glad to see that situation reversed. Most RPGs you see so many guys playing female characters. It was refreshing to see that scene.

[–]ScubaSteve1219 -3 points-2 points  (11 children)

not since McGruber have i seen as lazily-written and insultingly stupid a script as this movie. just a complete dumpster-fire all the way through and by far the worst movie i've seen in years.

[–]Lrrrrr 3 points4 points  (8 children)

McGruber is possibly the best film in the entire universe.

[–]ScubaSteve1219 0 points1 point  (7 children)

couldn't possibly disagree more

[–]Lrrrrr 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Thats fine.

[–]ScubaSteve1219 0 points1 point  (5 children)

it sure is

[–]Michael__Cross[🍰] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

If you like being wrong and stuff

[–]ScubaSteve1219 0 points1 point  (3 children)


[–]Michael__Cross[🍰] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It seems like you do

[–]ScubaSteve1219 0 points1 point  (1 child)

and yet, i’m not

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

Then why are you so wrong?

[–]Diocleatian 12 points13 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 1 point2 points  (5 children)

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

[–]neoslith 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Remember how Alan was sent back to his time, when he was still a child, after finishing? That's how the game works. You get sent back to just before you started.

So Alex remembers them and he got to grow up a normal life. But the kids are sent back to just before they started in detention. Time reshaped around them, just like when Alan grew up and saw the kids again in the first film.

[–]bliizard 22 points23 points  (1 child)

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 16 points17 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 14 points15 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 5 points6 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!


[–]nesatzuke 14 points15 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 13 points14 points  (0 children)

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

[–]YoAngie 45 points46 points  (3 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!

[–]sable-king 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think his redemption scene was supposed to be breaking that elephant free of Van Pelt's control.

[–]NotaSport 4 points5 points  (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 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

[–]ImJustTryingShitOut 120 points121 points  (4 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 113 points114 points  (2 children)

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




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[–]murrrcat 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You've gotta see the original!

[–]VolcanicBakemeat 29 points30 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]Aiyakiu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I was expecting to see some of the iconic animal traps from before - monstrous mosquitos, the poisonous plants, the pelican or monkeys. They've established it's mostly the same jungle Alan was in (my theory is the bazaar didn't exist in Alan's jungle but was added because it was needed for this iteration of the game). However, none of the things Alan grew up seeing are there. That bothers me a lot.

I was really disappointed there were no monkeys, especially. They were a huge deal in the original.

[–]Bling2049 22 points23 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 41 points42 points  (2 children)

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

[–]IcedThatGuy 42 points43 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 12 points13 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 7 points8 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 16 points17 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 10 points11 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 2 points3 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 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fun movie experience, but a forgettable and predictable movie.

[–]abide1187 7 points8 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 17 points18 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 9 points10 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 10 points11 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 11 points12 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 15 points16 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 38 points39 points  (4 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.

[–]CanofPudding 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it could work if they make it so there is some grand creator of these games. Like maybe a magical or intergalactic game shop that these board games/video games come from. Like maybe there could be two empty, dusty shelf spaces with the games labels there. Maybe the game maker was in the past and two friends bought those games or maybe he sends them out somehow to test humanity and rebuild trust and imagination among the youths.

[–]zg44 6 points7 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 2 points3 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 3 points4 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 11 points12 points  (12 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 9 points10 points  (10 children)

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

[–]MarvDaMartian 6 points7 points  (9 children)

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

[–]FizzleMateriel 2 points3 points  (5 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.

[–]Mrtheliger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's treason then

[–]TheDeltaLambda 1 point2 points  (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.

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[–]FizzleMateriel 4 points5 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.