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Film Watch - 305. Jumanji

Published April 8, 2013

Fast Facts

Title: Jumanji Director: Joe Johnston Year: 1995 Run time: 1hr 44m

Background Info

We were after something reasonably short to watch, and not at all taxing for the brain, and I suddenly remembered that this was on Netflix. Alright, I have a list, but whatever. Where Mr C has to educate me in films such as Terminator and Ghostbusters, I have some to educate him with as well. This is one of them.

Live Blog

1:00 - Somehow “don’t worry, it’s just a pack of wolves” isn’t actually that calming. 5:36 - That is one shredded trainer. 6:40 - Ye olde construction site in which a boy can just wanders about willy-nilly. 14:08 - “The game thinks I rolled.” 18:28 - Ice cream and bourbon is an interesting combination. 25:00 - It really bugs me that the poem doesn’t go all the way to the end. Token and turn doesn’t rhyme. 26:56 - Monkeys in the kitchen! 29:00 - Hehe, funny fake lion. 35:06 - Everything is going out of business, that is reminiscent of most high streets nowadays! 41:58 - Twenty-six years without plumbing would be quite hideous. 45:09 - Ah, I’ve realised why she’s annoying me. She’s talking to another Peter. If he says he hunches, I’ll die. 51:11 - As an anti-snake person, I can’t say I’m too fond of these sneaky vines either. 58:07 - “Everyone in this town has called me crazy, ever since I told the cops I saw you sucked into a board game.” 1:02:58 - Tracking them isn’t hard when there’s a great big hole in the wall. 1:05:18 - Why would you ever try and cheat a terrifying game like Jumanji? 1:07:41 - The CGI on the stampede is not as bad as I thought. 1:12:03 - That little kid is so clever, he had that all planned, Home Alone style. 1:23:11 - “You wrestled an alligator for me.” 1:26:55 - Oh god, being stuck in the floor when all this happens. 1:29:20 - This house was a really bad investment. Worse than the Money Pit.

Conclusions

The entire start of the film was a mystery to me - I had forgotten the 1960s stuff and assumed it began with baby Kirsten Dunst. I was impressed with the special effects, although they weren’t very consistent - some were great, some were awful, and some were in between.

Meanwhile, the story jogs along nicely after a bit of a slow start, there are some funny moments, and I quite enjoyed it. I didn’t like it as much as I remember doing so as a kid, but that’s age for you!

**Rating: **35

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