Jumanji: The Next Level – IN CINEMAS NOW
Written by Oliver on December 26, 2019
While not as refreshing as its predecessor, Jumanji: the Next Level is a fun action adventure film that is an entertaining experience for adults and the family.
Jumanji: the Next Level takes place three years after the events of the first film; with returning characters & actors’ Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Martha (Morgan Turner) & Spencer (Alex Wolff) all repirising their roles. The film opens with the four friends planning a renunion after being apart since the events of the last film, but on the eve of their reunion Spencer finds himself being sucked back into the Jumunji video-game world. With no time to lose the team jump back into the game to save their friend but not everything is as they remember it. The game has changed and some of the players dont end up in the avatars they were expecting.
The sequel does an excellent job on reminding return viewers of the stakes while getting new audiences up to speed on the danger our heroes must face. The last film was a fun coming of age story this adventure is much more of a rebirth tale of personal growth and gratitude. While wonky in its delivery the message comes across as genuine and never gets in the way of the fun and adventure.
Jumanji The Next Level is a fun sequel that contains a lot of the elements that made the last film so enjoyable. It has a lot of high stakes action and light hearted charm that makes the film a fun second outing for the rebooted franchise. Despite this, the film does often lack the sense of danger that the last film had with some weightless CGI while hitting a lot of the same beats as the last Jumanji, which begins to make everything feel a little repetitive by the end.
Some of the best and funniest moments of this film come on behalf performances by Dr Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) & Franklyn Finbar (Kevin Heart). Both actors have some genuinly fun impersonations of Uncle Eddie (Danny ViVedo) and Milo (Danny Glover) and their on screen charisma is infectious. Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gilian) and Professor Sheldon Oberson (Jack Black) also deserve shout outs’ as their characters’ but neither provide anything overly new this time around.
There are also a couple of additions to the cast who have some great performances but I wont spoil them for you here.
Jurgen the Brutal (Roy McCan) also plays the villain this time around and while he was very enjoyable and menacing as the film’s antagonist, he largely follows the same beat as the villain of the last film.
Like the previous film; this film is very much a video game movie and you will get the most out of it if you have played them yourself or are with others who have.
Additionally, while it is not mandatory to have watched the previous film it is certainly beneficial with The Next Level featuring several throw backs and references to the previous movie. Parents should also be aware that there are a few instances of profanity in this film that while prevalent; does not take this film above a PG classification, so you may want to take your older kids to see this one.
I’d give Jumanji The Next Level 3.5 in game lives out of 5