The Stream: Not so different from the first movie.
The Big Screen: A few laugh out loud moments throughout the movie.
The Final Bill: A solid family movie during the holiday season.
-S2SRuntime: 2 hours 3 minutes (Stay for a quick early mid-credit scene)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Rating: PG-13 (a little more cursing than expected)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Notable Trailers: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Barb and Star, Sonic The Hedgehog, Dolittle, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Peter Rabbit 2
*Jumanji drums pounding*
Welcome to Jumanji! Pick your avatar! Hold on… I accidentally got sucked into the game for a second. Hey everyone, welcome back to Stream To Big Screen. This weekend we were able to review Jumanji: The Next Level. This is the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle from 2017. This movie again stars Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart. This time they welcome a few new old timers to the series Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and Rory McCann (the Hound).
On Level 1, we must discover the plot. If you saw the first one, then you pretty much will get this movie. Basically, the film brings together a ragtag group of individuals who think they know who they are but this game will ultimately help them find out more about themselves. It happened in the first one, and it happens again here. That’s not why you come to this movie.*loses a life*
On Level 2, you come to this movie to be entertained, pure and simple. The Rock and Kevin Hart work together quite well. Unfortunately, here they don’t get to play off of each other as much as I’d like, but they still give some gems. Do not get me wrong, my viewing neighbor and I were cracking up throughout the movie, but at times the jokes got old. Honestly, just thinking about Kevin Hart doing an impression of Danny Glover and Dwayne doing his impression of Danny DeVito’s character was quite hilarious; however, by the end of the movie the old people jokes have worn out their welcome.
The movie just felt too long – partly because they overused the same jokes.*loses a life* There were a few lulls throughout the movie, but in the times of action or comedy the movie does a good job of keeping you entertained. And, the direction of the action is good enough to make the audience feel as if they are really in a video game, which makes up for some of the lulls in the movie.
Final level of this review, Jumanji: The Next Level is a fun family friendly movie. There are laughs for the old folks and the young. If you liked the Jumanji from 2017 you will like this one. I would suggest during this holiday season that you take the kids to a matinee and allow yourself to get sucked into the game.
Call it by its name….. JUMANJIIIIIIIIII!