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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Revitalizes the Original

The original Jumanji is a classic movie that was about a game coming to life. The people who started the game had to complete it in order to send all of the characters and their crazy situations back into the game, and out of real life. The new version of Jumanji entitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the reverse of that. Instead,  the players get sucked into the video game. Each player has a set of skills. For example, Dr. Smolder Bravestone, (Dwayne Johnson) is an archaeologist and has no weaknesses. Professor Sheldon or “Shelly” (Jack Black) is a cartographer, cryptographer, archaeologist and paleontologist. Ruby Roundhouse, (Karen Gillan) is a commando and dance fighter. Franklin “Moose” Finbar (Kevin Hart) is a zoologist and weapons specialist who also has a weakness for cakes. Jefferson “Seaplane” (Nick Jonas) is the mysterious character that the players are trying to find, in order to exit the game. Seaplane has been stuck in the game for twenty years.

The players, who all attend the same high school, are in detention. While there, they find the video game and decide to plug it in. Everyone must work together in order to get out and save Jumanji from an evil villain, John Hardin Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale). Van Pelt is seeking out a jewel that has the powers to control the “Jaguar Eye.” The players must prevent Van Pelt from getting hold of the jewel. The players need to place the jewel piece back in the “Jaguar Eye” in order to exit the game and return to normal life.

Overall, the movie was thrilling to watch. It was very different from the original, but still had that same classic, scary dramatic music. This movie, while different than the original, still did a good job at paying the original film justice.

The Suffolk Voice writer, Will Heffernan, had the chance to ask one of the actors, Nick Jonas, whether it was stressful making a remake of a classic movie.

“I think for all of us that was something to keep in mind, just to find a way to pay homage to the original. I mean, Robin Williams’ performance, which was truly incredible. And I think from there, it was about finding a way to also tell a new Jumanji adventure, a new story, something that felt fresh; something that was able to take this beloved classic and introduce it to a brand new audience. That’s challenging but if you get it right, I think it will be incredibly rewarding. I think what we’re already seeing with this movie is that audiences are really loving it and you have young people that are not familiar with the original are loving this one and now, are probably going back to rediscover the original. I think, as a fan of the original myself, I was thrilled to get the chance to take a title like this that people love so much and find a way to give it a new and exciting edge.”

The movie did what Jonas told The Suffolk Voice; it took an original and made sure to pay respect to it and still made it an original movie, fresh and exciting. You can get sucked into watching Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in theaters now.

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