THE GAME HAS EVOLVED.
Four teenagers are sucked into a mysterious video game that transports them to a jungle where they are physically transformed into the avatars they chose; now they have a mission to complete. A belated sequel to Jumanji (1995) that initially makes a half-hearted stab at connecting with the original, but the rest of the movie is a surprisingly entertaining, playful and independent take on video games. The characters are likable, the adventure is well paced and the stars are clearly having fun inhabiting teenage versions of themselves; Dwayne Johnson finding his inner, sensitive geek and Jack Black channeling a cheerleader girl.
2017-U.S. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Cast: Dwayne Johnson (Smolder Bravestone), Jack Black (Sheldon Oberon), Karen Gillan (Ruby Roundhouse), Kevin Hart (Moose Finbar), Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale… Alex Wolff, Colin Hanks.
Trivia: Followed by Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).