Welcome back to Jumanji! All of your favorite stars have returned, and with the additions of Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and Awkwafina. Without further ado, on to the review!
When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stormed into theaters late 2017, I was skeptical – how could this sequel best the original starring the late Robin Williams? But when I finally came to see it on Christmas Day, I was moved to jump on the bandwagon for the box office phenomenon; the movie was a hilarious good time. What made Welcome to the Jungle special was its ability to feel like its own film, a standalone separate from the 1995 classic yet not disconnected. Back with greater expectations, Jumanji: The Next Level attempts to match the same level of fun of its predecessor and is mostly successful in doing so. The film recycles what made the previous one popular, while building onto it with new characters and elements within the game – as would be expected when advancing to the next level of a videogame; Danny DeVito inside The Rock’s body? What more could you want? (that didn’t sound wrong, did it?). The Next Level will garner more laughs in its first half than the second, where pacing begins to grow tedious, but overall the film remains overwhelmingly enjoyable. I believe a fair comparison would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as both are sequels that can’t quite reach the high bars set by the originals, but remain good enough imitations to satisfy audiences looking for more.
Jumanji: The Next Level is entertaining, and quite frankly, that’s all it needed to be. 7.5/10