Movie Review: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”


Written by Emma McDonald Staff Writer


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“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

(Spoilers! Duh…)

Four high school students in detention find an old video game, they decide to play and end up getting sucked into the game playing as the avatars they chose. They soon find out; you don’t play Jumanji…. Jumanji plays you.

In the new Jumanji movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, released on December 20 2017, Dwayne ‘‘The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart played the avatars of the teenagers who played the Jumanji video game. Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius, Blain Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner played the young teenagers in this movie. In the movie Nick Jonas made a special appearance as a kid named Alex who’s been trapped in the game since the 1990’s.

The movie has earned $666.2 million dollars so far, gaining the most popularity over MLK weekend. It has gained more popularity than “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, “Paddington 2”, “Insidious 4”, and “Justice League”, along with many other movies.

The original “Jumanji” came out in 1995, made by Robin Williams, it was about 2 kids, a brother and sister, who played a board game that had real life effects. Such as lions, monkeys and other wacky creatures. In the newest movie Rodeo FX brought extraordinary creatures to life, such as: hippos, rhinos, snakes,crocodiles and jaguars. The team held back from making them too realistic because they wanted to make the creatures feel cursed.

VFX Supervisor Alexandre Lafortune, from Rodeo FX, says “The hippo is a great example of a creature that would have appeared scary if we had made it look real, so we made it bigger and faster and changed the pink flesh in its mouth to black. These changes make the hippo fit in with the comedy.”


(Example of the hippo, black instead of pink inside the mouth)

Photo credit to: Reggie’s

All in all it was a great movie, more of a comedy then a scary horror like movie though.

This movie has gotten some of the best reviews from any other movie showing right now, 90 percent of the people who voted on the movie liked it, loved it actually. Jumanji only got 43 rotten tomatoes, compared to other movies that’s nothing.

Students from Village have seen the movie as well, Raegan NeSmith from 8th grade says, “The movie was really fun, especially since my friend Caitlin was there. We may have gotten a bit sugar high from all the candy we ate but it was really great. Totally recommend.”

Jumanji was a great movie, full of funny jokes and scary looking animals. The plot line is easy to follow so the audience won’t get too confused on what’s happening. It definitely isn’t for kids because of all the adult jokes but it’s really a funny movie for teenagers and adults to watch.

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