It’s been awhile hasn’t it?
The last movie that I saw in theaters was The Rise of Skywalker, but that was seemingly years ago at this point. I have been waiting to see the latest Jumanji film since it came out, but with the Holidays showing up and everything? Life get’s busy, you know the drill.
So FINALLY last night, I was able to check out Jumanji: The Next Level in theaters. I thought the previous reboot was pretty enjoyable. The chemistry of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, and Jack Black is pretty fantastic…so can history repeat itself?
My quick review of Jumanji: The Next Level?
A fun chuckle fest that eventually balances out.
One of the big portions of this movie is the fact that Danny DeVito and Danny Glover show up as the old guys in the film, and when young adult cast (kids in the first movie) get sucked into the world of Jumanji again…the find out that DeVito’s and Glover’s characters get sucked into the game instead…leaving Johnson and Hart’s characters to act like DeVito and Glover. It’s pretty damn funny, especially Hart cause he just nail’s what an old man inside a young body would sound like…it’s pretty good. Johnson was funny too, don’t get me wrong, but Hart has those comedy chops and training…so it comes across less forced.
Remember when I said balance out? Here’s what I mean…Hart and Johnson’s old guy persona’s eventually wears out. It’s funny for the first 3 quarters of the movie, but then the joke kinda gets tired. I think the writers realized this and at one point, they eventually swap out the characters and Hart and Johnson become MORE THEM! You might be wondering why I am not mentioning Black and Gillian…well, they’re the 2 the keep the plot moving forward. They provide great entertainment, but you can tell they were the side characters to keep the movie moving, and that’s fine. One part I have to highlight is when Black and Gillian switch bodies for a moment and now the guy is in Gillian body right? What kinda jokes do you expect? Well you get ’em…and it kinda cheapens the humor.
If you are a fan of the Robin Williams original? Don’t worry, there is a tribute coming at the end…want a hint? Frasier.
It’s a fun movie, I had a good time! It’s not a movie to deeply analyze or whatever, just go and have a good chuckle.