Rating: PG-13, Time 1hr 59min, Director: Jake Kasdan, Cast on IMDb
So how do they solve the connection to the first Jumanji movie?
As we all know, Robin Williams passed so couldn't be in the 2nd film. On the other hand, since it is a board game to be played be any player, it didn't necessarily matter from the logic of the first movie, whether he was in or not. However, then they have to live up to the original fun factor while being different to the first movie. Since the entire cast is new that solves the first issue, but creates the problem of if it will work or not. From the first film, we know that a little boy Alan gets sucked into the game until the next player rolls a 5 and remains there 26 years because the girl was thought to be crazy.
In this second version, a boy is sucked into the game again for 2 decades and then the game is discovered by 4 people thrown together for a detention session. This is a bit more fun, since only two of the people are truly friends, but really broken friendship so there is range of characters. The most fully developed characters is this broken relationship of Spencer and Fridge. As the story progresses, this leads to a lot of tension and later rekindling of the friendship.
Were there other funny parts?
Although Kevin Hart is good facing off the Rock, another hilarious character is Bethany played by Jack Black. Bethany before getting sucked into the game is the popular girl in school, completely self-absorbed, but in the game turns into the middle aged professor played by Jack Black. There are some great jokes at her expense: learning to be a fat middle age guy, how to pee as a guy and then getting excited. Its pretty funny seeing Jack Black train the other girl how to be sexy. Which is ironic that this pretty girl/ugly man training an ugly girl/pretty girl Martha played by Karen Gillan.
Were there any issues in the movie?
One thing I thought didn't work for me is the part of Alex. Since he was sucked in 20 years ago, I would have thought he would be older to be consistent with the other characters. Instead, he is the only character that is a teen, which is the age he is sucked in. They are replacing Robin Williams type of character with a teen, which kind of violated the logic of the game of Jumanji. The other thing that didn't make sense is he's played by a teen who thinks he's only been in the game a few months. I think the character would have been crazed and a bit wild, so I think I would have cast completely differently. I think the actor did fine, its more a bad director choice of the story really. It's easy to oversee since its just a fun kids movie.
Did you do any art related to the film?
Not yet. Its a fun genre and I don't think I've really taken on a fun movie in my art yet. I did cover a teen girl forced to be the parent and later the warrior to save her own sister in the Hunger Games. That movie just really resonated with my upbringing kind of filling in for my dad after the divorce being the older brother. Which is kind of how you feel like Jumanji, one day happy family, next day 1000 miles away from your dad. The reality of the world is its dog eat dog for jobs, education, etc. that we all have to face, which is in both movies.
May the Odds be Ever in your Favor - 24x48 inches
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