Run-Time: 1 Hour 59 Min.
[Google] Description: Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. 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 they way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Type of Movie: Fantasy/Action
My Thoughts: When I entered into this, I really just wanted to comedy AND THAT'S. WHAT. I. GOT. OHMYGOODNESS.
*clears throat* Now to the actual review...
This was a great movie. There were so many good things about it that I'm going to break it down by CGI/graphics, plot and characters, not in this order.
The plot. Now, I haven't seen the first Jumanji, but you don't have to watch it to understand what's happening. There's a game that sucks you in unless/until you finish the game. But, since it was in a later century, it had to adapt, so it became a video game. WHICH IS SUPER COOL!!! It changed it's form into something that was similar to a Super Nintendo game cartridge. I shouldn't be as impressed as I am, BUT I AM. Anyways! When the characters entered into the game, they are sucked into the story-line, which is very interesting. Dr. Smolder Bravestone (our main character and the Rock) knew the antagonist and they never expand on that, which is disappointing for me because I like to know the backstory of the characters.
The characters were great, goodness. I'm always a fan of characters actually having a dramatic change of thought and I get to experience their change with them. And that's what those characters got to go through, but you know what was the best thing of it all? It wasn't in some chees-y, "Oh, they completely failed that" - type of thing. It actually worked! It was subtle growth that you kind of just flowed with, but in the contrast of beginning to the end, every. single. character. got what they needed to get out of going to Jumanji.
The CGI was really good! I'm very pleased to see a movie execute their CGI motions well enough that I'm not able to tell what's real and what's not (unlike the Greatest Showman, but that's for another review). There was one time where I could tell that it was CGI, but I mean, that's one time. Out of the whole movie. That's pretty impressive! (Though you should never be able to see it... cause it's a finished movie... but whatever, I guess...)
All in all, this movie was great! I will definitely re-watch this movie (the comedy was GOLD) and relive the adventure in a heartbeat!
We give this movie 4 stars!