Avatar Hijinks Abound in Hilarious Sequel

Jumanji: The Next Level upsets its premises with a palooza avatar. Each character from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returns, but with a rather humorous touch. They change their bodies unexpectedly in the world of video games. It's a successful gadget that adds just enough creativity to the CGI Animal Flood and gigantic action sequences. New cast members spice up the recycled plot. Do Jumanji: The Next Level A nice pop movie, though banal.

The film begins with Spencer (Alex Wolff) who has a difficult first year at the University of New York City. He struggles while Fridge (Ser & # 39; Darius Blain), Bethany (Madison Iseman) and his ex-girlfriend Martha (Morgan Turner) have adapted very well to the post-secondary life. When Bethany organizes a reunion dinner during the winter holidays, Spencer ignores the texts of the group. But his misery increases at home. Spencer's grumpy grandfather, Eddie (Danny DeVito) is recovering from an operation of the hip, in his room.

The gang is worried when Spencer does not show up. They go to his house, where Eddie is arguing with his former business partner, Milo (Danny Glover). They run to the basement when they hear the threatening drums of Jumanji. Spencer kept the pieces of the game and went back to random. They decide to return to Jumanji and save Spencer. But the game is also pushing Eddie and Milo.

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When they are transported to Jumanji, Eddie is Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson). Milo is now Mouse Finbar (Kevin Hart). And Fridge, much to his chagrin, became Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black). Only Martha remained like Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). Left alone in the basement, Bethany rushes to the only person (Colin Hanks) who can help. In the game, the others embark on a new, more dangerous adventure to find Spencer.

The switcheroo avatar is a stroke of genius away. Dwayne Johnson doing his imitation of Danny DeVito is hilarious. It's better with Kevin Hart's place on Danny Glover. The audience will scream as the old men, in younger and muscular bodies, must constantly remember that they are in a video game. This is a clever trick used wisely. The only warning is Jack Black's "black talk" as a refrigerator. The dialogue will straddle the racial insensitivity of the politically correct crowd. Fortunately, there are several avatar switches as the plot progresses.

Jumanji: The Next Level has far too much to do. The elements of comedy and action are diluted by a plot too busy. New characters and settings are introduced continuously. What is entertaining is carried away by a narrative torrent. Director / co-writer Jake Kasdan wants his Jumanji suite to be bigger in every possible way. A prosaic antagonist (Rory McCann) and Spencer's avatar, an underused Awkwafina, feel like unnecessary additions. Kasdan should have stayed focused on the main players. Jumanji: The next level loses sight of his best attributes.

Keep an eye on a cameo that echoes the original Robin Williams movie. This is the sign of more upcoming Jumanji adventures. The third installment of the franchise was better than expected. You will constantly laugh all the way through. Jumanji: The Next Level is produced by Columbia Pictures and Seven Bucks Productions with the distribution of Sony Pictures.

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 Julian Roman at Movieweb


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