In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a stupid and girl crazy jock (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge becomes a tiny Einstein (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the Planet Earth with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
While first believed to be a reboot of the property, it has been confirmed this is in fact a sequel to the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, with the cast and crew considering it a tribute to the late actor. Whereas the original film was based around a board game, the followup transports its characters into the world of a retro video game they discover. Early reactions to the movie have been very positive, with critics praising the tone and chemistry of the cast. Welcome to the Jungle is the latest in a growing line of “legacy sequels” that looks to capitalize on nostalgia for a well-known brand. The first Jumanji was a big box office hit, grossing $100.4 million at the domestic box office during its run.
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