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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

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Opening Date
21 Dec 2017
PG Some Sexual References
119 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Jake Kasdan
Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, 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 the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.
By Thompson Wong  21 Dec 2017
While the plot is entirely predictable, Welcome to the Jungle ultimately scores for not taking itself too seriously, aided with an earnestly solid cast. 
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There’s a scene in Jumanji where Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), embodying a video game character named Dr. Smolder Bravestone, pulls out a digital display with his in-game strengths and weaknesses, and what do you know? Smoldering is one of them. Johnson naturally obliges, gazing far away in the distance complete with signature eyebrow lift. Cue audience laughter all around.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is replete with many scenes like the above, which can be described as an agreeable cheesy comedy at its best, and cringy at worst. It doesn’t always work, but with the sheer number of zingers, director Jake Kasdan obviously hopes that at least one will make you smile.

And for the most part, they do. A standalone sequel to the famed Jumanji (1995), the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, who embody four teenagers transported into the video game world of Jumanji and must conquer the game in order to return to reality.
The dangerous obstacles faced by the characters are many – including customary predators such as deadly snakes, hippos and rhinos – but that’s not what makes the film so fun. Instead, it’s the rapport between Johnson and Hart, who plays zoologist Moose Finbar, which shines. Jack Black, who plays a teenage girl in a professor’s body, also puts forward a calculated performance that brims with humour.

The video game concept also distances Welcome to the Jungle from the original film and allows for more winsomely humourous performances from the main cast, who are represented as the in-game avatars of socially awkward teenagers. Also, about those strengths and weaknesses mentioned earlier? Bravestone doesn’t have any weaknesses, while Moose Finbar (Hart) is allergic to cake, but of the violently-explodes-after-consumption variety.

While the plot is entirely predictable, Welcome to the Jungle ultimately scores for not taking itself too seriously, aided with an earnestly solid cast. 
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