Well, they're playing that game again! The original 1995 Jumanji movie with Robin Williams was a hit in it's own right. That's why, after Williams' death, the thought of another Jumanji movie was questionable. Also, not as a reboot, but a sequel to the 1995 movie. But 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle turned out to be a surprise hit. It was in many ways a reboot, but still a true sequel as well building off it's predecessor. That's exactly what Jumanji: The Next Level does as well.
This movie more of a true sequel to the 2017 film, but it does have some ties into the 1995 movie and you might even miss it. But the point is, this franchise has become a fun and fanciful adventure with outlandish characters and where overacting and campiness is welcomed with open arms. It helps when a movie doesn't take itself too seriously and doesn't mind poking fun at itself. It engages in winks, nods and elbow jabs and we giggle along with them.
This film doesn't bring anything really new to the 2017 film, but is just as much fun. It does bring a new spin to the characters in the game by including Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. The Danny's both get some good screen time before going into the game and becoming the avatars we've come to know and love. Everyone has their moment to shine and it's fun to see more backstory given to the actual people in the game.
If you want just a fun time at the movies, this is a good one for you!
Rating: 3/5 Stars