Entertainment, Film, Reviews

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Film Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Jumanji returns to the screens for the third instalment in another grand adventure. Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha have moved onto different paths but remain friends united by their last adventure. Arranging to meet for Christmas their plans are derailed by the return of the Jumanji video game that has seemingly been salvaged. Dwayne Johnson returns as avatar ‘Dr Smoulder Bravestone’ this time inhabited primarily by Eddie Gilpin, Spencer’s grandfather. Kevin Hart also joins him as ‘Franklin “Mouse” Finbarr’ this time being controlled by Milo Walker, Eddie’s ex-business partner. Karen Gillian returns alongside this duo to play Ruby Roundhouse – still being the avatar controlled by Martha. Jack Black once again plays ‘Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon’ however this time is being used by Fridge and not Bethany. While Nick Jonas also returns Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough as Alex a new avatar named Ming Fleetfoot is introduced played by Awkwafina.

Fridge and Martha find themselves trapped in Jumanji where they must search for Spencer as they attempt to survive the antics of Eddie and Milo while on their new quest to save Jumanji. A lot of the humour within this Jumanji is related to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle but this film still stands alone as it introduces new characters and new threats. The special effects used in this new setting help build up the believability of the world of Jumanji. I thought they were very creative and upheld the high standards of which the Jumanji series has come to be associated with. This film continues to uphold the fun adventure tone of the previous instalment while also offering impressive action sequences and clever humour.  The actors themselves captured the essence of the avatars portraying multiple players and their different characters. This film retained the heart of the last while also creating its own fresh content.

Overall, I thought this film was very humorous and I was very impressed by the special effects and the performances of the cast. The ending of the film has opened up the possibility of another sequel and I can’t wait to see if this is the case.  I would highly recommend this film and would consider it to be one of the top 10 films released this year.

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