Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jake Kasdan (2017)

114min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Think of a family fantasy favourite and it will resonate somewhere in this high-spirited mix of Indiana Jones, It's a Wonderful Life and Tomb Raider. As good as the 1995 original, director Jake Kasdan's rip-roaring action adventure takes the bare bones of Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 book and adds contemporary twists while downplaying the jungle animal perils. This time, four teens are sucked into the Jumanji game universe where they are each given incongruous avatars. They must then use their newly acquired physiques and power attributes to return a green jewel to the Jaguar Rock shrine in order to get back home. The most inspired change finds one female character gender-swapped into Jack Black, who brilliantly mines all the "Instagram princess" humour he can from the fun-threat situations. Dwayne Johnson has a good time sending himself up, too, in this entertaining serving of glossy escapism, which comes with a side order of life lessons learned.

Summary

Four high school students are drawn into the jungle setting of a video game. However, their digital alter egos are not what they expected. Fantasy action comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

Cast & Crew

Dr Smolder Bravestone Dwayne Johnson
Dr Shelly Oberon Jack Black
"Moose" Finbar Kevin Hart
Ruby Roundhouse Karen Gillan
Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough Nick Jonas
Van Pelt Bobby Cannavale
Spencer Alex Wolff
Martha Morgan Turner
Bethany Madison Iseman
Anthony "Fridge" Johnson Ser'Darius Blain
Nigel Rhys Darby
Coach Webb Missi Pyle
Old Man Vreeke Tim Matheson
Director Jake Kasdan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Some violence, brief swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Dec 2017
Comedy Drama