Release Date: December 13th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for adventure action, suggestive content and some language)
Runtime: 2 hr 03 min
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Written By: Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Awkwafina
Jumanji: The Next Level is the long awaited sequel to the 2017 hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. Directed by Jake Kasden and written by Kasden, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg, Jumanji: The Next Level continues the Jumanji franchise which began in 1995 with Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.
Though the original movie in 1995 revolved around a board game that came to life and released havoc on the local community, the updated versions center on a video game that sucks players into it. Jumanji: The Next Level picks up three years after the original four players were drawn into the video game. Now, the group decides to hold a reunion in Brantford, even though Spencer is quite apprehensive about the idea. While his friends Anthony, Martha, and Bethany have had success in their lives since defeating the game, Spencer has not been so lucky. This moves him to consider returning to Jumanji where he felt he had a purpose.
The day after their reunion, Anthony, Martha, and Bethany go to Spencer’s house and meet his grandfather, Eddie (Danny Devito), and his friend, Milo Walker (Danny Glover). The group is unable to locate Spencer but discover the video game repaired, and quickly realize that Spencer has returned to Jumanji. They make the decision to return as well, but the game malfunctions and sucks in Anthony, Martha, Eddie, and Milo. Now the original players have different identities, with two brand new players involved, and must defeat the game while at the same time, finding and rescuing Spencer.
If you enjoyed the 2017 version of Jumanji, you will also be pleased with Jumanji: The Next Level. It still contains the same formula as the previous movie, but with different players who have varying abilities, and bring more humor and viewpoints to the film.
With their roles mixed up, the group have to relearn who they are in Jumanji and this adds more entertainment for the viewer. Added to this, now the creators have thrown in two grumpy old men into the mix, which is always good for laughs in a comedy. Devito and Glover fit perfectly into the group and add an extra level of gimmicks to the movie. Combined with great action sequences, the latest Jumanji delivers what audiences crave in a good comedy.
I really enjoyed watching Jumanji: The Next Level and recommend it for comedy connoisseurs. If you watch it in a theater, make sure you stay for the mid-credits scene. You won’t regret it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars