As a child I remember going to the movies with my family to see Jumanji. Robin Williams was at his peak, and at the time, it blew away all the other movies with its visual effects. It’s one of those movies that always had a big place in my heart that I would want my (theoretical) kids to watch and enjoy as much as I did as a child.
When I first heard there was going to be a new Jumanji come out, I had mixed feelings on the matter. My first thoughts were trying to figure out if it was a reboot, a sequel, or some other thing that I hadn’t even heard of. How could they make a sequel to Jumanji with no Robin Williams!? Why on Earth would they reboot Jumanji?
Then I saw the cast. It’s like they read my mind on what actors I will always go see in a movie.
Jack Black, is well, Jack Black. He’s hilarious, but touching, and I’m a big fan of Tenacious D. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every movie he’s been in, good and bad.
Dwayne Johnson, Yes and Yes. I was never into wrestling, but I remember the first thing I saw him in was Be Cool. I fell in love with that man with that movie. I always thought of him as that wrestling guy up until that point. But in Be Cool he was funny, charming, and clearly was not afraid to be silly. Plus, he is one of the most gorgeous men on Earth.
Next, Kevin Hart. I’ve more recently gotten into Kevin Hart, and I particularly like the chemistry he and Dwayne Johnson have together. So the two of them in a movie together, pretty much guaranteed I would see it.
Lastly, Karen Gillan. I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan. She hasn’t been in a ton of things since Doctor Who, but I of course have seen Guardians of the Galaxy a few hundred times by now, and I even watched her short lived TV show Selfie when it was on TV.
In the end, I went and saw the new Jumanji based completely on the cast. And, frankly, I really liked and enjoyed it. It was somewhere between a sequel and a reboot. The first scenes acknowledged the original movie, but the rest made it completely its own standalone movie. The performances by the leads were hilarious, as they all play teenagers stuck in adult bodies nothing like their own. The awkward geek finds himself in a giant, muscled hero. The football jock finds himself in a small stature side kick. The popular, hot chick becomes a middle aged man, and the awkward smart girl who hides her body becomes the badass fighter in skimpy clothes. I highly recommend it if you want a good laugh. It keeps some of the feel of the original while creating a completely new experience.