Twenty two years after the mystical board game Jumanji swept us all away we finally have a sequel with a modern twist.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle takes some of the main elements of the original’s plot but spruces them up for the millennial generation. This time around rather than the main characters discovering a board game they find a video game console which sucks them into it, transforming them into their chosen avatars.
Each of the teenagers avatars has their own specific strengths and weakness, which coincidently are all fundamentally different to their real world personas. It is this key feature of the film that fosters many of the comedic moments.
Whilst these superficial comedic moments are nice alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black giving great performances the emotional through lines and subplots are dull.
Overall Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is a nice refresh to the property which will certainly captivate new viewers without disappointing fans of the original but it sadly lacks that extra little bit of heart and soul to make it a classic.