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Jumanji: The Next Level

Published April 4, 2020

Jumanji: The Next Level

Film info

  • Title Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Director Jake Kasdan
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 3m
  • Genres Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Tagline Welcome to Jumanji

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game.

Live blog

TimeComment
4:49The city is hard living.
6:52“We were sort of different people…” Literally different people.
7:44His advice is “It’s all downhill from here?” That’s harsh.
9:43Am I forgetting why the guy is called Fridge? Weird name.
12:36Danny DeVito is funny just with a look.
21:05“My joints feel like butter.” The Rock wiggling his hips is a sight.
27:45I love Karen Gillan.
28:55Well, at least they’ve branched out from Hawaii.
33:04“Did I just kill Eddie by talking too slow, just like he always said I would?”
35:44Rock just punched an ostrich in the face. As you do.
40:24“Who wouldn’t want to be better at geometry?”
51:12The strengths and weaknesses is one of the best bits.
56:16Karen went full Tomb Raider.
58:50“Yes, it appears I speak camel.”
1:07:39This bridge puzzle is epic and also very Tomb Raider.
1:12:43It really gets stressful when they only have one life left.
1:13:49“Oh my god, right. Like I’m a total horse.”
1:19:10Sassy horse flinging hair out of the water is almost more than I can cope with.
1:17:35It’s one thing for them to flirt, but Rock Pond kissing is madness!
1:37:38“Get away… I know geometry.”
1:43:40It’s nice that the two old guys did it together.
1:46:19“He’s 75 years old and he just learnt how to fly.”
1:52:19No one can do the smouldering look like Dwayne.

Thoughts

So for the first Jumanji reboot, I was expecting bad things and was superbly surprised, giving it a top score. Did I learn anything from that experience? No. I was expecting this one to be a rubbish sequel, and in the end I loved it!

It was very similar to the first in terms of crazy action sequences within the game, lots of over-acting, great fun seeing the characters inhabiting different bodies at different times (although a bit confusing) and underneath it all, an actually heart-warming story about friends and growing up (either to adulthood, or coming to terms with growing older).

I loved it and it was the perfect feel-good movie for being trapped inside the house.

Rating: 5 / 5

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