Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the second installment in the Jumanji franchise, based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. The story of the film is about four teenagers who got sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.
The sequel maintains the quirky humor and fun of the previous film, which was really needed. The film opens with an unexpectedly fun twist, as the dangerous Jumanji board game transforms into a video game, to trap the smart kids of the 21st century. Four high-school kids discover an old video game console they’ve never heard of- Jumanji and they all get sucked into the game literally becoming the avatars they chose and reached the jungle which is filled with tricks, traps, levels and wild animals.
The protagonists here are Spencer, an earnest nerd; Spencer’s onetime best friend Fridge, a football star who ends up grounded after authorities realize Alex wrote a homework assignment for him; Bethany, a classic snotty Heather-type who’s addicted to her smartphone and takes selfies constantly; and the bookish, socially anxious Martha. These same characters are played by Dwayne Johnson (as Spencer); Kevin Hart (as Fridge); Karen Gillan (as Martha), and Jack Black (as Bethany).
Each avatar comes with three lifelines and his or her own pre-established strengths and flaws except Bravestone, who literally has no weaknesses. The funniest part was when short zoologist Franklin “Mouse” Finbar exploded after eating a cake and Ruby Roundhouse explored her dance fighting skills.
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. The film has a lot of happy moments as well and gives you many laughs. The film also tributes Robin Williams, star of the original film, with a carving of his character’s name inside a house in the jungle. The original Jumanji is a nostalgic film and if you are a fan of Jumanji then you must go watch this film as well.