brian-mcgee - October 31, 2019
2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the most surprisingly enjoyable reboots in film history, taking a mediocre adventure flick from the mid-90s, putting a spin on the formula, and creating the best video game movie ever made—and yes, I know it's not based on a video game. Because the film was a monster hit, grossing nearly a billion dollars, a sequel was inevitable and this Christmas, the gang is back for Jumanji: The Next Level.
The film reunites The Rock Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, though it gives the first three of them new characters to play within the world. There's all manner of weird shit afoot this time around, from Johnson and Hart impersonating Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, respectively, to Jack Black playing at least two different characters, and one of the teens from the last flick entering the game as a horse.
Coming as it does from Jake Kasdan, the director of the greatest parody film of the new millennium, 2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, I have faith that this will be a bigger adventure this time around, though it's going to be tough for it to supplant Welcome to the Jungle as the best film in the franchise.
Jumanji: The Next Level rides into theaters on December 13.
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