The game has been changed and for me change it’s not good in the first trailer for the sequel to the 1995 film “Jumanji.”
Let’s preface this by saying that The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson made it clear going into this movie that “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” would not be a remake or reboot to the beloved Robin Williams film, but a sequel and a tribute to him and his legacy. In the first trailer we see just how much has changed.
True to the time we live in, Jumanji is no longer a vintage board game, but a vintage video game. A group of high school teens, Spencer (Alex Wolff), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) and Martha (Morgan Turner), from different social groups end up in detention together when they find the antique game console of Jumanji.
It’s still a game for those who seek to find, a way to leave their world behind, but instead of the game emerging itself into their reality until a player wins, the teens are sucked into the game and become Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, who are avatars in the game. Will they survive?
The only thing that would save this movie to me is some sort of reference to the original. It’s rumored that one of the teens is supposed to be the grown up child of Alan Parish (Robin Williams) and Sarah Whittle (Bonnie Hunt). Not sure if that’s the reference I’m going for though.
“Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” will be in theaters this holiday season, December 20, 2017.
Watch the first “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” trailer in the clip below. What are your first impressions? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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