Movie Review: Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle 2017

January 01, 2018

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 2017 cover poster review
Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose.

Has anyone not watched the Jumanji movie? I bet most of you movie-goers must have, given the fact that it was released on 21 December 2017 in Malaysia.

Sypnosis
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever, to be played by others without break. - Sony Pictures

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Review
As exciting as you might've thought it would be, this Jumanji is not anything like the old Jumanji in 1995 that featured our dear actor, Robin Williams. It is a brand new, all new type of storyline and 'Jumanji' system where there is no more board-game like Jumanji 1995, but a game console / arcade kind of Jumanji.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 2017 review game school
The movie starts off with 4 high school kids getting detention and got punished removing staples from some stacks of papers. Then they found the Jumanji game and decided to play with it. Before they knew it, one by one of them started to get sucked into the game box and entered the Jumanji world.

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They then quickly realized that they have become the characters that they've chosen earlier. They met Nigel, one of the game's character who is sort of like the 'messenger' of the game. He only does and says what is 'programmed' of him by the game, he does not respond to questions.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 2017 review wrist life
The movie also added a few more things to make Jumanji like a game, first is the set bar of lives on each character's wrists and the second one, is the ability to check one's strength and weaknesses. Kevin Hart's character, "Fridge" got the funniest weakness of all - cake. What happens when he eats cake? Well he will explode and lose a life. 

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 2017 review game strength weakness
Third is the fact that every time a character dies, they come back alive, falling down from the sky with one life bar missing from their wrist.

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Their goal was to survive the game and return the jewel back to where it belonged. It was no easy task, for the game had traps, rhinos, steep cliffs, aligators, jaguars and panthers running after them. And the fact that Russel Van Pelt (by Bobby Cannavale) is hunting them down does not make it any easier.

Apparently Van Pelt got hold of the jewel for selfish reasons and was consumed by it's powers. The movie did not really showcase much of his powers, apart from controlling the snakes at the end of the movie to stop Martha (by Karen Gillan) from getting the jewel to Spencer (by Dwayne Johnson) at the end of the movie.

The movie was all funny the whole way through, and everyone else in the theatre thought so too - one notable one was a scene on Bethany (by Jack Black) who was turned into a professor-man and by the game and had to pee. 'She' asked Fridge (by Kevin Hart) to teach 'her' on how to do so and when she did, haha she was all over it and wished she could Instagram. There were people laughing pretty good in the theatre on this but I think the movie had stepped a bit on the line; it felt like the joke was too much prolonged and in the end the laugh felt not valid.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 2017 review Jack Black jungle gif
Of course, no Jumanji is good without some jungle action! There were explosions, flying kicks by Martha, some motorbike action, street fight and of course, the legendary save by Spencer for Martha at the end of the movie. It can only happen in movies, no doubt a bout that, haha.

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Conclusion
In the end, we had a good laugh, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson is a good match and it's a happy ending (spoiler alert!). You will not be satisfied with the story, (how, when, why) but you will definitely have a good time laughing with your buddies over the course of the movie. It is the perfect movie to watch with your friends or colleagues. =)

So, have you watched it yet? What did you think of the movie? Would you recommend others to watch it? Let me know what you think! =D

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