So about Jumanji: The Next Level…ermm where do I begin?
I like to believe most of us already know the cliche storyline of the fantasy adventure. Whereby a group of friends get sucked into a game, gets transformed into entirely different characters than they look in real life and then have to play the game with only three lifelines.
However, the recent release, Jumanji: The Next Level, directed by Jake Kasdan, and co-written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg tells the story of the main character Spencer who fell into a nostalgic depression because he misses the character he became when he got sucked into the game in part one.
Craving to feel the same again, Spencer plays the game again and gets sucked. His friends try to save him only to realise the game was full unbeknownst to them the game had swallowed Spencer’s grandpa and his old-time friend, a character played by Danny Glover.
Spencer wasn’t lucky this time as he transforms into a feminine character instead, while his grandpa clinched the character he longed for, Dwayne Johnson. His old-time friend transforms into Kevin Hart.
In the course of the game, Dwayne Johnson finds it difficult to grasp, making them stuck in the video game and also kept getting everyone killed😅
Hollop! I think I’m going too far with the spoilers. I will stop here.
Need I say that apart from the new characters and the comic theme , Jumanji: The Next Level lacked originality. It was bland as there was no action to look forward to. There was no jaw-dropping twist or stomach-churning suspense. It felt flat and I found myself wishing I had waited for it to be out online rather than rushing to the cinema to watch it.
However, amid its shortcomings, Jumanji: The Next Level, focuses on the beauty of genuine friendship, teamwork, forgiveness, rebuilding broken relationships and finding peace.
Overall, I will rate it 6/10.