Jumanji: Born to be Wild

⭐⭐⭐⭐ based on 1 review.

tl;dr: In no world should this film have been good, yet somehow it was great. A genuinely funny and highly entertaining comedy with a great cast and a perfectly enjoyable plot.


Spoilers Ahead: My reviews are not spoiler-free. You have been warned.

Far, far better than it has any right to be, a wonderfully irreverent comedy that pays just as much homage as necessary whilst reinventing the concept neatly. Actors are brilliant and pull off a Tropic Thunder like setup with far better nuance. Karen Gillan is particularly excellent and I thought they did a great job making her otherwise problematic clothing a part of the gags. Jack Black does a particularly good teenage girl, but I don't actually find that all that surprising, whilst both Hart and Johnson effectively get to continue playing themselves. That said, seeing The Rock unclear about his own strength and actively timid is comedy gold, even if it's a cheap shot.

The plot offers a great dissection of video games without going full nerd too, and whilst the character arcs were telegraphed and obvious, the story kept the heart of the original film whilst addressing a more modern problem (friends are family, preoccupation with popularity, ostracism, pressure to achieve, social media disconnection and obsession). Could it have been better? Sure. Could it have had more crazy animals? Sure! Was it a fun, funny romp with great performances and a decent amount of character? Sure it was!

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