Published April 8, 2013


Film info

  • Title Jumanji
  • Director Joe Johnston
  • Year 1995
  • Run time 1hr 44m
  • Genres Fantasy, Family, Adventure
  • Tagline Roll the dice and unleash the excitement!

When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of JUMANJI! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan (Williams) reunites with Sarah (Hunt)and together with Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) tries to outwit the game's powerful forces in this imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with an enchanting mixture of comedy, magic and thrills.

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.


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: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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