reviewed by Tom-Tom
We’ve all seen the original Jumanji based on the story by Chris Van Allsburg who continued his love of board games coming to life in Zathura (also optioned for a film). Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt are joined by a super young Kirsten Dunst and some kid in a fun, family friendly adventure. Now memes and gifs of Robin Williams in his 30 years in the jungle attire asking what year it is are widely used. Well, in this film, we would finally get to see this fabled jungle with our own eyes. Despite this,I was not looking forward to seeing the sequel which had something to do with video games. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems either to be in very great or very terrible movies these days and I didn’t want to risk the high Japanese ticket fee (about 20 bucks USD) to find out. So I waited for the video release and I am glad I did. The classy, quiet movie theater would have been torn apart by my raucous ugly American guffawing. At least for Thor 3 and Deadpool 2 there were explosions and bone cracking close combat to stifle my loud laughter. In Jumanji, most of the comedy comes from the quieter scenes. This is one of the few films I’ve seen where I feel everyone except for the closeted torture porn addicts would like even though I think those dear troglodytes would contort their moist yet cold hands into a thumbs up as well.