Friday, 13 December 2019

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, 13/12/19


JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

Trailer         



Synopsis

Spencer heads back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, whilst his pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany follow him to bring him back home. Discovering more obstacles and dangers that lie ahead, they soon realise that everything they knew about Jumanji, is about to change.

Cinema

ODEON

Run Time

Two hours, three minutes (2h, 3m)

Rating

71%

Cast

Dr. Smolder Braveston / Eddie– Dwayne Johnson
Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon / Fridge – Jack Black
Franklin “Mouse” Finbar / Milo – Kevin Hart
Ruby Roundhouse / Martha – Karen Gillan
Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough – Nick Jonas
Ming Fleetfoot – Awkwafina
Nigel Billingsley – Rhys Darby
Jurgen the Brutal – Rory McCann
Jurgen’s Spokesperson – John Ross Bowie
NPC Seductress / Bravestone’s Ex-Girlfriend – Dania Ramirez
Young Smolder Bravestone – Zachary Tzegaegbe
Spencer Gilpin – Alex Wolff
Martha Kaply – Morgan Turner
Anthony “Fridge” Johnson – Ser’Darius Blain
Bethany Walker – Madison Iseman
Eddie Gilpin – Danny Devito
Milo Walker – Danny Glover
Alex Vreeke – Colin Hanks
Switchblade – Massi Furlan
Nora Shepherd – Bebe Neuwirth

Movie details


Mid – Credits:  Yes

End – Credits: No

Before the Review:  After hearing all these horrible stories of people being mistreated in care, it warmed my cold, dark heart to see a carer bring in a disabled person, take a selfie with them and enjoy the movie. These moments can change your perceptions about your surroundings, even if for a short period of time. Not like the guy in the middle row though, he sporadically disturbed the guy ahead of me by switching his phone on, and got a popcorn to the head for his troubles. One of those “you had to be there" moments. An SUV cut into my lane, eyeballed me when leaving the lane and cut up a white van. Humorous. 

Review: Back in 1995, the original Jumanji movie, starring the late Robin Williams was released. I would watch this movie a few years later. There was a “supposed” sequel, Zathura, but some people attached to that movie said that Jumanji and Zathura were not connected, so I thought nothing further. Then came the 2017 release, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

I knew the original cast  from previous shows / movies, like WWE (mainly Smackdown), Dr Who, Kung Fu Panda, Scary Movie parodies and South Park. I had quite enjoyed watching them play out their on screen characters as a kind of “Freaky Friday” tribute, the movie which eventually stands on its own. Initially, some characters were portrayed as the actors would have been in their natural roles. However, for Jumanji: The Next Level, things were shaken up in a big way.

An actor’s worth can sometimes be measured on the variety of roles they play. For example, I thought Dwayne Johnson having to pretend he was Danny DeVito ‘s character was awesome as with Kevin Hart, Danny Glover and Karen Gillan. All characters showed some growth and as a result, I quite enjoyed the story. As a video game enthusiast, it was a no brainer to watch this movie. It contained humour, comedy and character development. I also did not grow up on the Jonas Brothers, and my expose to them came via South Park, which is how I recognised Nick Jonas.

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