I always thought it could not get any more weird with Hollywood and its intellectual property and how they simply churn out these preexisting titles. Well, add Jumanji to the list of weird things we thought we’d never see again. The original was released in 1995 and starred the late, great Robin Williams. In that film, Jumanji was a board game, because, well, in 1995 it was conceivable that kids still played board games. And there the game world infiltrated the real world.
So, how do they reinterpret this idea in 2017? This time around, Jumanji is a video game and some delinquent kids, because they always seem to be delinquent nowadays, play this video game and get sucked right into the television. They become the video game characters. This inherently gives them super skills and most likely everlasting life, or at least a healthy amount of respawns.
Here is how this movie got pitched: Kids love video games. So let’s put some kids into a video game and call it Jumanji. That way people know what we are talking about.
Oh, the power of the reboot. It is almost an insult to reboots that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is considered a reboot. Maybe it’s not considered a reboot and I’m ranting for no reason. But what I’m saying is, the video game is only called Jumanji because there is a 1995 film that people liked called Jumanji. This movie could have simply been called Welcome to the Jungle and been predicated on the same premise and no one would be the wiser.
Anywho, enough about that. I did actually semi enjoy the trailer and do like the cast. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is as charismatic as they come. Jack Black and Kevin Hart are good for some laughs. And Karen Gillan kicks butt. And it was amusing that the attractive high school teen girl was turned into Jack Black. Though, sidebar on Gillan’s outfit. She is wearing a crop-top in the jungle. That seems, well, illogical. Their excuse for this sort of objectification of women is probably, “it’s a video game! Not real life!” or “That’s how women used to be portrayed.” Well, if that’s the case, then why isn’t The Rock wearing less clothing? Why can’t we objectify him?
Okay, enough about this movie. Jury is still out if I’ll see this in theaters. You know, the new Star Wars movie also comes a week before this movie. I might be better off seeing that for a third or fourth time than seeing this.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters on December 20, 2017.