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‘Jumanji' sequel still a fun game to watch

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, December 21, 2017 | 01:32 pm

A sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji, which featured late actor Robin Williams, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle helmed by Jake Kasdan offers a brand new adventure about four teenagers who get sucked into a jungle world while playing the dangerously fun game of Jumanji.

Gamer/nerd Spencer (Alex Wolff) is put in detention alongside fellow students, athlete Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), popular girl Bethany (Madison Iseman) and girl-next-door Martha (Morgan Turner). As their punishment, they must clean up an unused room, where Fridge finds an old video game console with a cassette still inside. The game requires them to choose an avatar and suddenly they are drawn into a jungle inside the game's world.

Dwayne Johnson stars as the unbeatable Dr. Xander Bravestone.Dwayne Johnson stars as the unbeatable Dr. Xander Bravestone. (Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc./ Frank Masi)

The four students are then transformed into characters that are their total opposites based on the avatars they selected. Spencer transforms into the brave Dr. Xander Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Fridge becomes zoologist Franklin “Moose” Finbar (Kevin Hart), Martha changes into fighting expert Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) and Martha is trapped inside the body of middle-aged cartographer Prof. Shelley Oberon (Jack Black).

They are required to obtain a green jewel from a jaguar statue in order to return to the real world. However, just like in a game, many challenges lay ahead and they need to stay alive or face being stuck in the game forever.

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Jack Black as cartographer Prof. Shelley Oberon.Jack Black as cartographer Prof. Shelley Oberon. (Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc./Frank Masi)

Those familiar with the 1995 version should be glad to see that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle maintains several elements connected to its predecessor. The cast members also offer decent performances, especially Jack Black as the flirtatious, smartphone addicted Bethany. Singer Nick Jonas also makes an appearance that quickly attracts the audiences’ attention.

All in all, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a fun watch, providing jokes relatable to today’s youth, though some may be more suitable for mature viewers.

The film is being screened across Indonesia from Dec. 20. (kes)