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Plot was ok a bunch of good actors playing bad parts. I found all the cursing from Jack Black with the young black man voice disconserting. I came real close to turn it off. It was not child friendly. I think the whole movie could have been better cleaner or given a heavier rating.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
Theater review. Possible spoilers. I remember seeing the 2017 reboot of “Jumanji.” It wasn’t my first choice but the film I wanted to see was full. I still questioned going as I remember the original 1995 version as being ‘meh.’ In any case I went and I loved it. The cast was great, especially Jack Black whose avatar character had been inhabited by a girl. In this direct sequel, the cast remains intact with some great additions in the form of Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.
As the film opens in real life, Spencer (Alex Wolff) has been away at college and his relationship with girlfriend Martha (Morgan Turner) has grown cold. He’s not sure she is still interested and he’s not sure how to approach her. He’s come home where his mom (Marin Hinkle) is caring for her dad, Eddie (DeVito) who has broken his hip. Annoyed by his grandpa’s snoring, Spencer goes into the basement and finds the Jumanji machine that he and his friends smashed at the end of the first film. When Spencer ghosts his friends at dinner, they go back to his house to find him.
Meanwhile Eddie received a visit from Milo (Glover), his retired partner at the restaurant they started years ago. Eddie has never forgiven him for retiring, which put Eddie on the shelf as well. When Martha, Bethany (Madison Iseman) and Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) go to see what happened to Spencer they assume the now working Jumanji gizmo has been activated and he’s been sucked into the game. They decide to take the plunge one more time to find their friend, risking getting caught in the game unable to return to the real world. One thing. They didn’t have time to pick their avatar…all to hilarious results in the other world.
To go further would perhaps be giving away too much, but let’s just say, new wrinkles develop on the other side. There you will find Karen Gillan returning as avatar Ruby Roundhouse, Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Keven Hart as Franklin “Mouse” Finbar and Jack Black as Prof. Shelley Oberon. Watch for Rory McCann, The Hound from “Game of Thrones” as Jurgen the Brutal. It’s all funny stuff and great entertainment. Recommended.
If you enjoyed the first one, you def need to watch this one. I was worried since it’s a sequel it wouldn’t hold up but it kept my interest from start to finish. No buyer’s remorse here.
The films starts a couple years into the future where the group (Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha) have been living their lives away from each other but plan a reunion for brunch over the holidays. Spencer who is struggling with his mental health ends up no showing, resulting in the group going to his house in search of him only to find Spencer’s grandfather Eddie (DeVito) and his former business partner Milo (Glover). The adventures begin when the group hears the game playing from the basement. Realizing Spencer is in the game, they agree they must help him, only things don’t go as planned as the game is partially broken resulting in different avatars and Eddie and Milo entering the game instead of Bethany. This also helps to set up the jokes and amusing dialogue throughout the movie. This time they must recover the jewel from Jurgen the Brutal and show it to the sun in order to win the game, all while teaching Eddie and Mile (now played by Hart and Johnson) the ins and outs of the game. Characters swap bodies during the game, new game items, new skills, new dangers in animals and human form, and yes some heartfelt moments or cheesiness (whatever you prefer to call it). Once the game begins, the action starts and is pretty much non-stop. I’ll leave it at this due to spoilers but will say in the credits, there’s potential for another movie (they better do it right if they are going there).
Regarding acting, Hart absolutely nailed the part. Don’t get me wrong, they all did great, but Hart shines (anyone who’s a Glover fan will know what I’m talking about).
Bonus features include: body swapping snapping into character, reuniting the cast, making of Jumanji: The Next Level, creating the scene ostrich chase, and creating the mandrill bridge scene. These were fun to see after the movie.
Parental guidance/trigger warnings: The characters are in a game fighting to stay alive (these are in game)- death, stealing, fighting, weapons, implied affair. Language used: Sx2, h*ll a couple times, g*ddamn x3, son of a b. I may or may not have missed a few things.
again some cheezy parts i could have done without but overall really good story, actually has meaning instead of most out there that are pointless. really funny, good acting & special effects. Even the ending was one of the best i've seen. all of the animals look other-worldly, but at the same time still look very real. the pegasus was actually my favorite character, partially because it was an avatar and a creature at the same time, partially due to the two charachters they chose to play him & where that journey ultimately leads.
You end up with lots of questions though, so i really hope they make a 3rd one that explains things like who or what invented Jumanji and (aside from the occupied avatars) do any of the characters in this world actually exist, or are they all just part of the game?