Updating with the modern times, the board game Jumanji reinvents itself in 1996 and transforms into a video game. Twenty years later, a bunch of 4 students in detention discover this game and get sucked into its world as its 4 available avatars. Sounds interesting?
The sad part of the film is that thoughout its 119 minute run time, you never feel that urgency or pressure on you that the characters want to or should be going back home. Like there was a great amount of palpitation whenever a new challenge was thrown in the original board game. Somehow that fear connect is never there.
Likewise, with the onslaught of disaster, zombie, animal movies, one somehow knows that there are going to be issues, which eventually will be overcome in the ‘ alls well that ends well’ theme. Hence you never doubt for once that the bunch of protagonists will deliver on the end result. That is the major disconnect I felt in the movie, stopping from making it a great watch from the current decent feel.
The effects are good, bound to be, but somehow in the IMAX version, the 3D blurs at the edges at times.
Hence, when the story is as okay as it is, and the end result is known afore, what would make you watch this film? its stars. Definitely.
Kevin Hart is good as the football star turned sidekick. He does have some good moments, especially the entire ‘I defanged a mamba’ routine.
Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale are both decent. Colin Hanks is good in his cameo.
Karen Gillian (Occulus, Guardians of the Galaxy) does a good rip off on Lara Croft. Its nice to see her kick ass, especially in the entire ‘distraction’ routine.
Dwayne Johnson is the star of the film and he does his job brilliantly. His ‘smouldering intensity’ is one of the highlights of his character.
But the film is owned by Jack Black. Playing the cheerleader Bethany turned into Prof. Sheldon, he has the best lines in the film. But not only that, his portrayal of Bethany/ Sheldon is a class act, showing what a true genius can bring on to the screen.
All in all, this is a decent one time watch for the year ending celebrations. Enjoy the popcorn and samosas.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 2.5/5