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Jumanji: The Next Level Review: A Funny Sequel

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  • Jumanji: The Next Level has a rating of 7/10 on IMDb and is fresh at 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas reprised their roles giving necessary changes required by the story.

  • Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and Awkwafina are the newly added cast who play new characters of the Jumanji game in the movie.

Jumanji: The Next Level Review
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2.5

Summary

Jumanji: The Next Level is a sublime sequel with visually appealing with good graphics. Fun is multiplied with the addition of new characters, but the plot drowns with a predictable story.

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Expectations always kill. If you are expecting something extraordinary from the sequel, sure you will be disappointed, because after all its just a game and the movie is fun as it’s supposed to be.

Story

After a time gap, the four, Spencer(Alex Wolff), Martha(Morgan Turner), Bethany(Madison Iseman), Fridge(Ser’Darius Blain) are supposed to meet and have a get together from their busy lives. Every one of them seems to be happy for where they are, except for Spencer, who faces some kind of discomfort working in a store. While all of them send messages in a group chat about their time and venue to meet up, Spencer is miserable.

His shift ends and Spencer leaves New York for a vacation, arrives at his home, only to see his grandpa occupying the house after a back injury. Now Granpa’s got to sleep in Spencer’s room and the emotional drama begins. Don’t get me wrong, when grandpa Eddie(Danny DeVito) can make you cry, he definitely is capable to make you laugh because the element of fun is brought into the movie through Eddie and his old friend Milo(Danny Glover) who are in dispute due to a restaurant shut down 30 years ago.

The next morning, Spencer doesn’t attend the get-together and Martha is worried, though both Spencer and Martha are on a break with their long-distance relationship, she still is worried. When all three kids visit Spencer’s house to check what he is up to, they find out Spencer is back in the game again. They have to enter Jumanji “again” and save him.

2Jumanji The Next Level Review A Funny Sequel

The drum roll begins of Jumanji and all of them know they are pretty fucked up, but to their surprise, even Milo and Eddie enter the game and all of them didn’t get to choose their characters. The body-swap goes all wrong and humor begins to kick in.

What’s Good?

The point that there is a sequel is good. The Jumanji franchise has always amazed the audience in many ways, let that be movies, cartoons, board games, and books. Putting all the star cast together who can crack some jokes and make people laugh is one of the achievements of Jumanji.

Old Eddie becomes Dr. Smolder Bravestone and old Milo becomes Franklin Finbar. Knowing how old people react to all the things that happen with and to them, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart performed a terrific job. They were hysterical. All the punny jokes and satires of their’s formed good chemistry. They deserve appreciation for what they did in Jumanji: The Next Level. Eddie’s and Milo’s back story is the crux of the movies. It revolves around them and the resolution of the movie is also expressed by their story.

Graphics and VFX are competent. The movie got into the list of top 20 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and I am not surprised. Might go on to win the Oscar, but I am not sure of it. All I am trying to say is the visuals are good and promising.

What’s Bad?

As told before, the movie will disappoint one who watches with a lot of expectations. There is no strong story to compensate for the adventures. All that movie focuses on is mild humor. Jumanji: The Next Level seems to be a forced sequel. Spencer gets into the game for no good reason. His friends try to save him even though they know the risk.

The “Only three lives” thing in the game is not taken too seriously, all of them keep dying for no reason. After a bit of time into the movie, everything is predictable. Bravestone’s smoldering looks were not too smoldering at all. Everything is forced into the movie to dwell the audience on an emotional and fun journey.

Karen Gillan and Jack Black are part of the movie too, but they are inferior, The Rock and Kevin suppressed them. Nick Jonas is not that sexy this time. Popular Game of Thrones actor Rory McCann played Jurgen the Brutal, he had Brutal looks, I can say that. But he was not that good a villain at all.

Overall

Not a thrilling adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat, not a reassuring resolution either. It’s a completely predictable story with a routine plot. Comedy is the best thing that is right in place and that will be the only reason for one to watch the movie.

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