A review of the film “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle”

This is an action comedy with equal parts adventure and humour providing appeal to a wide age range of viewers.

Four American teenagers on detention are sucked into an old video game where they find themselves inhabiting avatars with special skills but very different personalities (and, in once case, gender) than their real selves with lots of opportunties for personal growth. It’s all very predictable (spoiler alert: the nerd gets the girl), but it works well, which is largely attributable to the very varied styles of each of the lead characters, both from each other and from his or her out-of-game self.

So credit to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, diminutive comic Kevin Hart, gender-bending Jack Black, and Britain’s own Karen Gillan.


  • Janet

    Ah, yes, Roger, this is the one where the guys wear sensible jungle clothing and the girl wears something impractical but sexy. Having just made a trip into the Amazon rainforest, the importance of being completely covered up rapidly becomes very obvious!

  • Roger Darlington

    You’re right, of course, Janet – but in mitigation:
    – she does realise the need to cover up a bit more
    – it’s only a video game


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