Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Mild, mild spoilers ahead….

I was scared they’d somehow screw up the sequel to the “reboot” they did, but I was greatly surprise at the new elements they added: the grandpa’s subplot and the way it was executed and their contribution to the jumanji gaming experience (they were both hilarious); and all the new additions felt exactly how a sequel to a 90s sequel game would feel like: new abilities and weapons and scenery (or the would-be “levels” of the game) they still felt like they’d actually be levels of a game! It’s exactly what I hoped they’d add on because that’s the kind of thing the first movie did, it tried to work with the stereotypes and elements found in those good old adventure games like Tomb Raider.

I also liked that they brought back the WHOLE gang, the reason why movies like this where the most logical thing would be to make it anthologic, that is, with different kids experiencing the game; so when they try to use the same characters that supposedly learned something from their past experience in it, is a recipe for disaster because it’s hard to bring all the gang together without it being forced. But i liked the way they did it, it felt controlled and fulfilling in the end.

In conclusion, it was a funny, entertaining and creative action adventure movie, it’s not gonna win any Oscars but it’s so well thought of that it’s a delight to watch and I feel it never grows old, you can re-watch it and enjoy it all over again

 

Review by quiqueperezsoler

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