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.
This movie is full of comedy. From beginning until the ending, I can’t stop laughing until my jaws hurt. It’s been long time since I could laugh like this. Even Marvel films can’t beat this. Every scene in this film feels natural. No awkward scene, no forced slapsthick or whatever that makes the interaction between character feels unnatural.
The story itself speak more about personality development as teenager. You see a boy who have hard time with his famous friend (friendship issue), a girl who spends too much time on her phone (self-absords issue) and a girl who criticize everything (Self-esteem issue). These character, in my opinion, are relatable figure to what teenagers faced nowadays. Throughout the movie, these four teenagers are learn how to face their biggest fear. There’s no the chosen one because every one has their own role. Each of them has strength and weakness when they transform into their avatar, except Spencer. He didn’t have any weakness as game character, but as himself, he has one, and it almost hold him to fight the final boss.
Like I said, every scene is feels natural. Most of jokes are mocking their own personality, sometimes make fun with their new body, so no one will be offended. This is the kind of humor I need. I’ve see lots of comedian, even local one, use racist topics too much to the point they forget that not everyone can accept racist humor.
I have to admit, I actually doubt The Rock being in comedy film since I only watch his acting on The Scorpion King and Fast&Furious franchise. I even lower my expectation as I walked into the cinema. I’m so ready to cover my face if I find any awkward scene. But what happened next totally amaze me. Throughout movie, I feel like The Rock having two different personality. He successfully channeling the nerd Spencer and charismatic Dr. Smolder.
Other cast like Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and even Nick Jonas has great performance too. I personally love Jack’s performance as he has to act like he is a girl trapped in the middle-aged man, and that scene is hilarious.
When you read the synopsis saying “..before it’s too late”, literally or not, you probably think of The Chosen One. But in this movie, there’s no such thing as Chosen One. Every character has their own roles, strength and weakness to complete each other.
Jumanji should be best example for any adventure film in the future, to make great characters work together, instead putting all work into one person, just because they’re “special”
Release date : December 20, 2017 (Indonesia)
Distributor : Sony Pictures
Production company : Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions,
Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions