The Following Preview… #81: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Source: Sony Pictures

Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, a….sort of sequel but kind of a reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams movie, this time featuring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, & Karen Gillian, opening up on December 22nd:

Okay, confession time, I really do not like the original Jumanji….in fact, I downright hate it. I never got the appeal of it, even as a kid, I never got into the movie and while, yes, it had nice visual effects for the time to it, it just wasn’t an enjoyable movie to me, I thought the concept was a good idea but the execution of it was not. I know a lot of people love the older movie but honestly, I’m glad they are giving this a reboot.

And from what I’m seeing, this actually looks a lot better than the original movie did, at least to me.

For one thing, Dwayne Johnson, you put that guy in any movie and I will watch it, he can usually be the saving grace of any project he’s involved in….unless it’s Tooth Fairy….and he’s reteaming with Kevin Hart, who worked great together in Central Intelligence AND you’ve got Jack Black and Karen Gillan, this is a really good cast working together and I’m liking a lot of what they are bringing into this. The fact that Jack Black is playing the avatar of a teenage high school girl, that has the potential for a lot of funny setpieces in this.

A lot of people seem to have a problem with the fact that Jumanji is now a video game and not a board game like in the original movie but honestly, it makes sense. People don’t usually play board games anymore so why not update to a video game format, it gives it this kind of Tron feeling to it.

I also like that we are actually going to see the Jumanji world within the game itself, that could lead to some interesting visual setpieces.

I will say that there seems to be a bit of CG overkill on the animals and the jungle effects but this is still a few months out so there’s more time for them to render the effects out.

Also, Jake Kasdan, the director. He has not had the best track record as a director but he’s been more hit than miss. He started off with Zero Effect, which was awesome and then Orange County, which was just meh, then he did The TV Set, which was okay but nothing great, then he did Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which is easily his best film and one of the more underrated comedies of recent memory and then he did Bad Teacher, which was okay but nothing spectacular, and his last film was Sex Tape, which was just a pile of garbage. So, he has not had the best track record and this one could go either way.

As somebody who was not a fan of the original Jumanji at all and just going by the cast itself, I’m actually looking forward to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle a lot more than I thought I would. It’s like I said, you put Dwayne Johnson in anything and he’ll give it his all so, we’ll see what happens. This could be surprisingly enjoyable or it could be yet another colossal failure for Sony this year….remember folks, The Emoji Movie is the future of Sony Pictures…think about that when that movie opens next month.

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