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||A screenplay inspired by the original 1995 Jumanji, and a children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg written in 1981.
||Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner
||The writers of the oringinal Jumanji are also credited: Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsberg, Jonathan Hensleigh. Some of us may remember that Karen Gillan was Dr Who’s companion in the first reboot.
||Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jones, Colin Hanks
||Four teenagers are absorbed into a video game, taking on avatars which are pretty well the opposite of their real life characters. In order to return to the real world they must complete the game, overcoming hazards and using their special skills the game has given them. They find that they have three lives, and as they begin to lose them the possibility that they may die becomes apparent. Can they complete the game and make it back to the real world?
||Scenes in the teenager’s school as their characters are set up. Once absorbed into the game many set pieces as they deal with the various levels in the game. There is exposition as there would be in real video games. Fun as the geeks are differently abled, and in the most extreme case, a young woman who is obsessed with her Instagram image is converted into a middle-aged fat male. Some quite exciting hand to hand combat, a bit of drinking and some snogging.
||This outing has made a load of money, so there is going to be a sequel. I really liked It, partially because I enjoy seeing actors being people other than the characters they appear to be portraying. This lot have done a great job. If you have not seen it and remember how the early video games (creaking slightly) went, you might enjoy it. In my view well worth the ticket price – or the cost of the DVD or the download.