‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Gets a Stampeding Applause (Review)

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If you’re looking for a movie to catch during this Holiday weekend, I highly recommend Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

When I originally saw the trailer for this movie, I remember finding myself thinking ‘oh lovely, another remake’. I then swore to myself I was too dedicated to the original, that I was not going to see the remake by any stretch of the imagination. For me, it just was not happening.

As the months passed and I saw more trailers and teasers, I slowly found myself becoming more and more intrigued. I found it extremely touching when The Rock announced that there would be a part in the movie that was a special tribute to Robin Williams. I looked up the ratings and reviews for the film, and almost all of them came back positive. So I decided to give it a shot.

I have to say, boy am I glad that I changed my stubborn mind and elected to go and see the movie. I found myself actually falling in love with it.

I will always be the kind of movie guru who finds themselves more attached to the original, however an argument can be made for this film. In the original Jumanji movie, which was released in 1995, the plot of the movie contained what would happen if the world of Jumanji came into our own. In this film, we got to see what it was like actually inside the game.

The casting for the movie was pretty spectacular all around amongst the teenage cast as well as the adults. The Rock was absolutely perfect for the ‘hero’ of the film, and I can’t really think of anyone else who could have done that role better. It was also great to see the dynamic duo of Kevin Hart and Jack Black in there for the comedy relief, which this movie contained the perfect amount of. It was highly entertaining to see the dynamic amongst these adult actors pretending to be ordinary high school kids.

What I liked most about this film was the addition of a villain. A quite eerie and creepy one. Although he was not necessarily a character with a gigantic chunk of screen time in the film, it added for a very cool underlying backstory to cap off our heroes adventure as they played through the levels to save Jumanji.

If you’re looking for a comedic, adventure film then this is the perfect one for you. Director Jake Kasdan did a fantastic job at taking a classic film and putting a modern spin on it. In today’s world, video games is something that kids, teenagers and even adults crave.

The writing staff did a fantastic job at really luring me into the storyline. I won’t lie, I’ve often imagined myself as a character in one of my video games and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

This film contains a large amount of life lessons, primarily focusing on working together as a team despite your differences and to life your life to the fullest and not hold anything back, because you only live once.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a film that can be highly enjoyed by both children and adults. If you’re looking for a good laugh and a sense of adventure, I highly recommend you give it a chance and check it out!


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Julia Valenti
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree. Some of her hobbies include fangirling, writing, cosplaying with her groups 'Emerald Archers' and 'DC Cosplayers East', hiking and training her German Shepherd, Soot. You can frequently find her at conventions cosplaying as Black Canary or as Hawkgirl with her boyfriend, who does Hawkman and Bane. :)