Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77% (Critics) / 89% (Audience)
MetaScore: 58 – Mixed or Average Reviews
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Written By: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black
Studio: Columbia Pictures
The saving grace of this entire movie is the performances by and chemistry between Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. These three guys are all hilarious in their roles and really do help lift this movie when it sometimes started to drag. Jack Black was especially god as a superficial high school mean girl who suddenly found herself locked in the body of a portly middle-aged cryptographer while trapped in a video game.
Every scene with the actual teenagers in this film was mind-mumbing Disney Channel sitcom levels of bad.
The effects were inconsistent with a lot of the CGI generated animals looking like they were CGI generated animals.
The script was a paint by numbers affair that was utterly predictable. So much so that I am thoroughly amazed it took so many professional writers to come up with it.
The villain of this movie (played in such a lethargic manner that it seemed as if he was suffering from a major sugar crash) was quite possibly the most underwhelming bad guy I have seen in a major motion picture in quite a while.
Final Verdict: JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is a predictably trite fantasy/action film that finds gold in it’s three leading men who all give performances that make it really easy to overlook the film’s flaws and just have a goofily fun time at the movies.