This being a film I was not to keen on being made due to the classic featuring the late and great Robin Williams, I was pleasantly surprised. Although it does not reach the title of instant classic like its predecessor, this sequel does a great job of making the entire theater laugh throughout, while supplying an ample amount of action to keep the viewers entertained as well.
We start off with Spencer (the nerd), Fridge (the jock), Bethany (the popular girl), and Martha (the shy girl). The original film brings the jungle of Jumanji to the real world while the sequel brings the players to the jungle. Making the board game become an old video game console because kids never play board games anymore. Each player chooses their character based on brief descriptions of each, and once they hit start they are all sucked into the console. It is here where each character becomes the opposite of the personality, Spencer now becomes Dr. Smoulder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) a man with no weaknesses, the Fridge becomes Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart) a zoologist who explodes when he eats cake and is incredibly slow, Martha becomes Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillian) a bad-ass killer of men who can perform what seems to be an form of martial arts, and lastly Bethany becomes Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) a cartographer, who has no endurance.
Jack Black really takes the role of a 17-year-old self obsessed teenage girl stuck in a mans body and runs with it. Constantly eyeing up the men, and having meltdowns because her phone is nowhere to be found. Perhaps the funniest part is her obsession with the concept of having a penis and how it all works down there.
The rest of the main characters are enjoyable and constantly delver one liners that get the whole theater laughing. The rest of the characters in Jumanji are purposefully one dimensional just like NPC’S in a real game. They have only their programmed lines to say and that is all which may seem clever except for when the story follows suit, and so does the main villain. Bobby Cannavale plays Van Pelt, the man after the jewel that that the players must return to the giant Jaguar. Van Pelt may be one of the most undeveloped characters ever written, and I can honestly say I learned nothing more about him by the end of the movie, than I had already known before it had began. The threat of the animals and random enemies that come after the players are more villainous than he is.
Now, even though theres not much depth in terms of character development or story arc this movie is far from terrible. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a fun, entertaining, action/comedy that the whole family can enjoy. I am not saying to rush out of your seats to see this in theaters, but its definitely worth the watch at some point in your life