JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

When first announced, Jumanji: Welcome to lớn the Jungle was a movie nobody wanted. Lượt thích the reboot of the all-female Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016), Jumanji: Welcome khổng lồ the Jungle garnered equal hatred from both fans & critics alike. Whether it was due to lớn the late Robin Williams passing in 2014 or the robust childhood nostalgia sparked by the original film, Jumanji (Joe Johnston, 1995) was one of those films that was better left untouched và persevered by the fond memories of the past. Releasing on December 20, 2017, twenty-two years after the original film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ranked number one at the box office for three straight weeks. After its second week on the market, the film had overtaken Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) và has earned a domestic total of approximately 400 million dollars on a 90-million-dollar budget. The film has also earned favorable nhận xét from critics và fans, currently holding a 76% critic score & an 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Jumanji: Welcome lớn the Jungle is not only a surprising economic success, but it is simply a great, modernized, self-aware, progressive film that surpasses the original in every way.

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Directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Bad Teacher (2011)), Jumanji: Welcome khổng lồ the Jungle takes place several years after the original 1995 film that was based on the children’s book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsberg. Jumanji: Welcome lớn the Jungle features four high school teenagers, Fridge, Spencer, Bethany & Martha, as they are sucked into the video clip game world of Jumanji. The only way to escape the video clip game world is by completing the levels of Jumanji and finishing the game by working together. The film stars Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, & Karen Gillian as the đoạn phim game avatars of each of the four kids played by Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, & Morgan Turner.

The greatest appeal of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is its modernization. The original film revolved around the conflict of a board game come to lớn life. Monsters, creatures, & animals run amok throughout the town of Brantford, New Hampshire, as each of the players of Jumanji complete different challenges to lớn finish the game. In Jumanji: Welcome to lớn the Jungle, this plot is revamped when the original board trò chơi turns into a clip game console. Instead of the trò chơi coming khổng lồ life in the town we are already familiar with, the characters are sucked into a tropical, nuanced video clip game world similar to games like Far Cry 3 or Uncharted. This plot và setting change allows Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle lớn instantly resonate with today’s audiences knowing that popular gaming culture involves clip games rather than board games. By updating Jumanji for contemporary audiences, the film not only separates itself from the original, but allows a world of new ideas và originality to lớn come flourishing out of its đoạn clip game setting.


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Karen Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome lớn the Jungle (Columbia Pictures, 2017)


As this modernized plot device could come off as cheap & unoriginal, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle uses this modernization as a tool to lớn provide nuance & well-written humor. Shot on location in Hawaii, the world of Jumanji is absolutely gorgeous, luscious, & fun, while being dark and mysterious. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle mirrors the feeling you get when starting up a brand new video game. You feel overwhelmed, excited, adventurous and you want to explore every inch of the world you have been transported to. đoạn clip gamers will feel right at trang chủ when watching Jumanji: Welcome khổng lồ the Jungle as most of the film’s humor is based around video clip games. From non-playable characters (NPCs) saying the same line of scripted dialogue over & over again, to lớn characters dropping out of the sky lớn start another life (respawn) after dying, there’s a lot here to love and laugh at. These gaming-based jokes are even enjoyable for non-gamers as they are presented in a way that is not exclusive, but situationally and verbally funny. For example, when the NPC Nigel (Rhys Darby) is first introduced, he is asked multiple questions by the main characters. In this scene, instead of saying different lines of dialogue when asked different questions, he repeats the same scripted lines. Rather than this joke being exclusively presented lớn the gaming audience (a joke that has resonated in gaming culture for years), the joke is presented in a way that is generally ridiculous và situationally funny due to the cluelessness và reactions of the main characters–allowing all audience members to giới thiệu in the laughs.

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The most important part of Jumanji: Welcome khổng lồ the Jungle’s humor is the way that it empowers the female characters through its self-awareness & desexualization. In clip game culture, females are often visually presented in a way that is highly illogically sexualized in comparison lớn male characters. Jumanji: Welcome lớn the Jungle combats this issue when Martha’s đoạn phim game avatar is depicted in a short skirt và a crop top. Instead of sexualizing Martha for cheap visual thrills, Martha verbally asks why she is wearing a short skirt in the jungle—bringing attention khổng lồ the absurdity of female depiction in đoạn phim games. Furthermore, rather than just bringing attention lớn the sexualization, Martha covers herself up with a jacket—allowing her khổng lồ take control of her own sexuality. This control by Martha highlights the insecurity and relatability of her character, rather than just using her as a tool for the male gaze. By far one of the best & well-written scenes of the film is when Martha must seduce some guards so the crew can make an escape. In this scene, Bethany (being played by a middle-aged, big-bodied Jack Black) must teach Martha the ways of seduction. Even though this scene is absolutely hilarious, Martha & Bethany’s empowerment does not come from their bodies, but rather their confidence in themselves & their female-to-female bond. This allows the characters lớn gain incredible depth & agency rather than resort to cliché.


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Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, & Jack đen in Jumanji: Welcome to lớn the Jungle (Columbia Pictures, 2017)


One of the biggest critiques of the original Jumanji is that it focused too much on the spectacle rather than the depth of its characters, thus providing an empty và emotionally lacking film. However, unlike the original film, Jumanji: Welcome to lớn the Jungle focuses solely on its characters and their relationship with each other. In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, each teenage character is deep, relatable & well written–rivaling characters found in films lượt thích The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985). Each character is unique & really complements the group by showcasing different insecurities & interpersonal relationships that mesh well with each other. For example, Martha represents the insecure nerdy girl whose agency is shaped by Bethany’s confidence, Spencer’s bravery, & Fridge’s charisma. Like Martha, each character is able to gain awareness & become their true selves through interaction & growth with one other. This growth is truly able lớn shine because the chemistry of the teen cast is incredibly authentic, unforced, & dynamic. This is also carried over to lớn the video game avatars as each cast member accurately resembles their teenage counterpart rather than being someone else completely. This chemistry allows the characters in Jumanji Welcome to lớn the Jungle khổng lồ provide extraordinary emotional depth lớn the film rather than just becoming a clichéd, tiring teen movie.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle not only delivers a unique & original sequel but surpasses the original film in almost every way. Whether it’s through its quality protagonists, luscious world, or well-written humor, Jumanji Welcome lớn the Jungle is a shockingly deep & original teenage film that should not be missed.

9/10

Author Biography

Jason Husak is a University of Alberta film studies graduate who currently resides in Edmonton, Canada. He hopes to pursue his passion for film by doing a graduate degree in film studies at the University of Toronto. For more in-depth film reviews, discussion, and analyses, you can follow Jason’s film & entertainment podcast Boring People, Bad Opinions on podcast & social truyền thông media services.

Film Details

Jumanji: Welcome lớn the Jungle (2017)USADirector Jake KasdanRuntime 119 minutes


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