The world of Jumanji returns in the new trailer for the sequel/reboot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Sony Entertainment is set to bring back the beloved book-turned 1995 Robin Williams film, but with a twist. Unlike its predecessor, Welcome to the Jungle takes place inside the world of a virtual game, as Jumanji is now a retro video game that four unsuspecting students stumble across and get sucked into. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan will lead audiences through this new world, as they serve as the in-game avatars for the movie's four young protagonists.
There has been push back on this project since the beginning, and the first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle likewise earned something of a mixed reception for its take on the franchise. The idea of Jumanji returning to the big screen was appealing, but the tone and shift towards action in the sequel/reboot has left some moviegoers wary. Now, a new trailer has arrived to try and get more people ready for the game to play them.
Sony Entertainment has officially released the second full-length trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle online, as you can see above. With the first trailer having introduced the premise of this film, this new trailer doubles down on the in-game characters, action, and story.
Jumanji's second trailer doesn't offer much in the way of new information that had not already been revealed about the film. On the other hand, Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan continue to all seem quite comfortable in their respective roles in the film. Johnson and Gillan are poised to handle the majority of the action sequences in the film, while Hart and Black will (naturally) be handling most of the comedic moments. This approach not only plays to the strengths of each individual actor, but also fits the special skills of the in-game avatars that they are portraying.
One element that this trailer does expand upon is that the in-game avatars have multiple lives, being part of a video game and all. Johnson has said that he wanted to have the most creative deaths possible, while still keeping things family-friendly. It's possible that the movie's first trailer reveals one of those deaths when a hippopotamus tries to eat Black, while the second trailer absolutely reveals Hart meeting his end. (Having someone not only die from eating cake, but actually explode definitely qualifies as "creative".) Hopefully, Welcome to the Jungle is saving even more in the way of over-the-top deaths for the movie itself.
Bottom line, the trailer and premise is fun and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's stars all seem to be enjoying themselves here. The film may yet prove to be an end-of-the-year hit for Sony, for these reasons alone.
Source: Sony Entertainment
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017