The Jumanji story receives a technological update, in various ways. You’d enjoy this light-hearted sequel if you’re into open-world survival gaming.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Synopsis
In 1996, teenager Alex Vreeke mysteriously disappears after playing a video game found by his father. 20 years later, four teenagers undergoing school detention together discover the same video game and is teleported into it too. To the delight of some, and the utter horror of others, they then discover they are transformed into the outrageous avatars they chose before starting the game. They also soon realise that it is very possible to die in the game, and that to escape, they have no choice but to complete the game objective dished to them.
I browsed through a couple of reviews for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle prior to watching, and interestingly, none were too enthusiastic.
Criticisms rained include lame dialogue, flat acting, annoying stereotypes, etc. I wouldn’t say these are completely untrue, but made the movie wearisome? Unwatchable? It didn’t feel that way to me. Not at all.
Or maybe I enjoyed this movie more than those other reviewers because I’m into open-world survival gaming and long loved the nonsensical tropes they thrive on. You know, things like how you could effortlessly distract a bunch of murderous goons just by sashaying up to them and acting sexy. Or how you could win a brawl with three goliaths, only to die a minute later from a mosquito bite.
What I’m saying is, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is all about such nonsense. Unlike the Robin Williams classic or Zathura, it’s not about the effects, or the people, or even the backdrops, it’s all about how silly video game worlds are. Appreciate that humour and you would likely enjoy every minute of this sequel. As I did.
If it turns you off, ahh…. I believe you still wouldn’t hate this Christmas pleaser. At worst you’d just be rolling your eyes very often. All its shortcomings considered, there is nothing too offensive or too unpleasing about this virtual adventure.
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