Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – Virtual Reality Adventure
Williams, the film is, to this day, one I’ve never seen. Fast-forward to seeing
the trailer for the 2017 reincarnation, and I’ve discovered a new comedy to get
themselves in detention together. Spencer (Alex Wolffe) is the super smart nerd
who agrees to do the homework of the popular football player, Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain). Unfortunately
for both guys, they’re caught by the teacher. Then there’s Bethany (Madison
Iseman), the pretty and popular girl who believes she’s nothing without a
perfect Instagram filter. Finally, there is Martha (Morgan Turner), an
anti-social girl who earns detention after talking back to her PE teacher. While
stuck together, the one thing they have in common (curiosity!) gets them deeper
Opening an old video game, they wind up transported to a strange
place they’ll learn is called Jumanji.
and programmed to give game-appropriate information, these kids find they’re
not themselves. Spencer is now a muscled, combat skilled man called Dr. Bravestone
(Dwayne Johnson); Fridge is now s small in stature shell of his former self called Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart); and Martha is an attractive woman who can defend
herself with ease, she’s now Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). The final member
of the quartet, it’s Bethany who’s change is most drastic. Instead of the sexy
professor she assumed her avatar would give her, she is a middle aged man,
Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black).
too many are) that I planned to see in theaters because it looked as if it’d be
a good time. As the conclusion always seems to be, I didn’t get around to
seeing it on that big screen. Eventually the DVD arrived, and I settled in to watch it one
Saturday night, expecting to be giggling for a couple of hours.
film. The humor is in the same vein as “slapstick,” but then this is kind of a
necessity when you consider the characters. Each one is a teenager in an
adult’s body. To use humor that didn’t border on silly wouldn’t have melded the
story as effectively. One example of this is late in the film when two characters
decide they want to be each other’s first kiss. The scene is incredibly awkward
(in a laugh-out-loud kind of way), but it fits
the actual mentality of the characters.
adventure beside, the cast who portrays them is fabulous. (Can we take a moment to appreciate Karen Gillan being in this cast list. I love seeing her in something outside of Doctor Who, where she is fantastic.) I enjoyed getting to
know the characters, and find the role reversals interesting. The popular
kids became incarnations that aren’t anything like them. Then the nerdy kids
became the opposite of their high school social standing. It’s a clever twist
on the story, and a unique story cue to help in teaching the characters their
humor will discover a fun adventure awaits inside Jumanji.
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Bluray or you can rent/own on Amazon Video.
Content: Crude humor is the main reason for the film’s PG13 rating. There are several jokes about Bethany turning into a
“man,” and the new challenges she faces as a result of this. Minor and
commonplace profanity is used a few times, and there is some “adventure”
violence or tense moments (threats like snakes crop up).