It is the era of remaking classic movies with a visual-effects fuelled twist. Kong: Skull Island has come and gone and Disney’s endeavour to adapt all their best cartoons into live motion pictures is in full throttle. And now, what’s this? Jumanji 2017? Starring The Rock and Kevin Hart? This might prove to be a step too far.
The Robin Williams classic was a sweet ride. It was a family picture with modest special effects. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seems to be taking a different approach. With Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart being the two main men, one can expect the kind of film it will be. The two have starred together in Central Intelligence, a whacky comedy, and perhaps Jumanji will be no different.
Rather than a mysterious old board game played by a young Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce, this new rendering will take a much more modern slant. It is, in fact, a video game which opens the gateway between normality and the jungle. A jock, a nerd, a cheerleader and a socially invisible girl find themselves in detention in an almost Breakfast Club-esque scenario.
They find a video game named Jumanji in a cluttered store room. They each select a character with whom to play the game. However, once they begin, they are each sucked into the game. There, they physically inhabit the character they have selected. That’s where The Rock comes in.
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan play the avatars. Once inside Jumanji all sorts of chaotic affairs commence. From a stampede of rhinos to hungry cheetahs, there looks to be no end of dangers threatening the characters.
Bobby Cannavale and Nick Jonas are a couple of other faces to appear. Jake Kasdan directs with credits in New Girl, Bad Teacher and Sex Tape. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may very well be quite funny. While it certainly won’t follow the same tone as the original, it still has the potential to be, in its own right at least, a bit of a hit.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released December 29th 2017