Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
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Jumanji The Next Level's first act is a little slow to start, but once the game gets going, it brings the same level (ha) of fun, laughs, heart and action-adventure as Welcome to the Jungle. More of what you liked the first time, plus new players, new avatars, new abilities, new creatures, new environments and a new quest. It's again pretty cleverly done, and while some of the new players are willfully obtuse in the beginning, which wears a bit thin, mostly the information recaps are handled with humor and efficiency. I thought the last trailer had spoiled way too much, but no, still quite a few surprises. Like its predecessor, it's about growing up, getting older, but now the kids are college age and, true to life, what they'd thought they'd figured out in 12th grade, they realize they hadn't in young adulthood. Life is a series of levels and every time you think you've won, it just sends you to something you're unprepared for. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover play the senior version of this, just as much the seekers in their post-retirement world. And this time, a sequel is teased much more overtly. If they keep making them this fun, I'll keep my appointment to the movie house.
I really think this would have worked so much better if the kids from the first film had been in new avatars, or it was just a new set of kids in the same avatars.
Too many of the same jokes from the first film and not really the same kind of stakes.
Still worth a watch though, just nowhere near as good as the first.
You like this movie if:
* You like to play videogames.
* You liked Game of Thrones. Sandor Clegane is back - same clothes and same much dialogue! Climbing on ice wall etc.; and something is flying (not a dragon this time).
- All jokes are based on body switch humor and how people behave different situations strange to them. And repeat same jokes again two-three times, maybe you didn't get it yet.
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This movie ranks #89 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #267 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office