Dwayne Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latest blockbuster to get the Honest Trailer treatment. Of all 2017's hit films, perhaps none was more unlikely than Sony's Jumanji. A reboot of a semi-beloved 1990s Robin Williams film, the movie exceeded all expectations by soaring to $945 million at the global box office.
The new Jumanji centers around a quartet of kids who get zapped into a video game where they take on adult avatars. Once inside the game, the kids must overcome their flaws and come together as a team. With its silly action, family-friendly story and charismatic performances, the film proved a perfect bit of holiday entertainment as it shot to #1 at the box office, bumping off Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Now Screen Junkies have set their sights on the unlikely smash hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with their Honest Trailers take. Like almost everyone else, the Honest Trailers crew are impressed with how well Jumanji turned out in spite of everything. Nevertheless, they have some issues with the movie. See the video above.
The trailer begins with a totally predictable shot at Sony, the studio that "just can't seem to launch a franchise." But now it seems Sony's run of bad luck has ended. And somehow, Jumanji was the movie that finally got them over the hump. As the trailer then points out, the new Jumanji reboots the story by basically throwing everything out from the first film and starting over from scratch. Maybe that's the true secret to a good reboot?
The trailer then delves into the movie's plot, which doesn't require a whole lot of breaking down. Basically, it's The Wizard of Oz. All the kids, who start out in a remake of The Breakfast Club, have flaws they must overcome once they're in their avatar bodies. The only thing missing is a field of poppies. We're also delicately reminded of the movie's slightly uncomfortable joke that has a female character turning into Jack Black. Perhaps the most amazing moment in the whole clip? A flashback to Black's Atari Pitfall commercial from the '80s. That's a true nostalgia deep dive.
Ultimately, says Honest Trailers, the magic of Jumanji is that we get to watch Dwayne Johnson realize he's Dwayne Johnson. As we keep learning over and over, there may be no more charismatic, watchable actor in movies than Johnson. Finally though, is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle really that good, or does it just seem good compared to other video game movies? At the end of the day, it was good enough to make a ton of money and yes, it will launch that elusive franchise for Sony. And Black has already batted around some ideas for the next Jumanji movie.
Source: Screen Junkies
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017