However, interestingly, in the Jumanji jungle, the four high school children had changed shape according to their respective avatars that they chose at the beginning of the game. Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolff), the nerdy gamer, transforms into Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson). A mighty archaeologist and adventurer. Then Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain), a school football star, becomes Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart). A short -bodied zoologist and gunman.
Apart from the two boys earlier, their two female friends also turned into avatars. Martha Kaply (Morgan Turner), a nerdy girl who is always sarcastic, becomes Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). A dance fighter. And, worst of all, Bethany Walker (Madison Iseman), the school’s most beautiful cheerleader, transforms into a fat man, Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (Jack Black). A cartographer, cryptographer, archaeologist, and paleontologist at the same time.
Meanwhile, Alex Vreek, who has been trapped inside Jumanji for twenty years, turns out to be Seaplane McDonough (Nick Jonas). A mysterious guide, adventurer, and at the same time a pilot. Which then guides the other four avatars.
To be able to return to the real world, the high school kids had to finish the Jumanji game. However, the mission is not easy. In addition to facing various beasts, the teenagers must also overcome an evil character, Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale), who is after the Jaguar’s Eye gem. Can Spencer et al free from Jumanji’s curse?
Btw, in comparison, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a modern version of the first film. No more Snakes and Ladders-style board games and dice. Everything was replaced by a video game. Then, another difference, in the first film, the players enter Jumanji with their own bodies. Meanwhile, in this second film, the players use the physique of the avatar they choose.
However, unfortunately, even though it is more contemporary, in terms of story, Jumanji’s film nowadays is, in a way, shallower than the old film. In fact, there are barely any plot twists. The storyline is uncomplicated and predictable. However, fortunately, even though the plot is very simple, this 119 minute film is saved by its thick element of humor.
And, as a result, after airing globally since last Wednesday (20/12), critics considered Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to be quite entertaining. In fact, they find this film more entertaining than Robin Williams’ Jumanji. The film with a budget of USD 110 million is considered to offer a light spectacle that is fresh, but does not deviate from the original source.
The performances of two comedians, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, are guaranteed to make the audience laugh with their naughty jokes throughout the film. Plus, the performance of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also considered quite flexible.
When interviewed, The Rock really hoped that the late Robin Williams would be proud of this Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle film. For fear the new version of the Jumanji film will not be as successful as the first film. So are the other players. Like Kevin Hart. Who feel the same burden.