Review: "Jumanji: The Next Level" restores the fun of the video game, even if it does not surpass the power-ups of its predecessor PERSONAL FINANCE

***WARNING! The following contains plot spoilers for Jumanji: The Next Level! ***

To quote Freddie Mercury, "Everyone plays the game!"

Fans from 1995 Jumanji Sony was right to delay the franchise in 2017 with the release of Englisch:…1007 & lang = en. Welcome to the jungle, Fortunately, this ambivalence was wrong as the Sequel / Soft restart cleverly found a way to make the IP relevant to the 21st century audience. Instead of a supernatural board game, Jumanji became a supernatural video game.

Simple on the surface, but ingenious in design.

Director Jake Kasdan worked on a script written by as many as four authors and made sure that every virtual opportunity was fully exploited. The result was a project that both parodied and affectionately praised the iconic video game tropes that we all take for granted.

In a way, the movie was approaching Dead Pool Meta levels in the best possible way.

Turn the original premise on its head, Welcome to the jungle Giving us a glimpse into the world of the game instead of bleeding the world of the game into our reality. After more than 20 years, the film surpassed all expectations and recorded nearly $ 1 billion in box office worldwide.

All in green meant that another entry in the series almost immediately turned green. Enter Jumanji: The next level, an entertaining sequel that does exactly what is expected of all the sequels: action and building the world. And while The next level It feels like a refresher from its predecessor and yet it is able to sneak past with real laughter and a seemingly endless amount of charm.

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Kasdan is back on the director's chair, but now he has credit for writing two screenwriters: Jeff Pinker and Scott Rosenberg. About a year after the events of Welcome to the jungle. The next level It starts quite slowly, as the characters from the last movie about the winter break reunite, return from college, and volunteer to work abroad.

Thanks to their last foray into the mystical game, Fridge (Ser & # 39; Darius Blain), Martha (Morgan Turner) and Bethany (Madison Iseman) are bonded for life and worry about the absence of Spencer (Alex Wolff), who is not He answers the phone and does not show up for brunch.

As it turned out, Spencer kept that Jumanji Video game console, fixed it and was willing to put back into the virtual world to be more confident than his avatar from the last film, Dr. med. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne's "The Rock" Johnson) win. At least that's what I think he does. The script does not really make it clear why he wants to return to such a dangerous universe.

Apart from Spencer, there are no real bows for his friends who have solved their personality problems in the last installments. In any case, let's come back to what history is about.

When Fridge, Martha, and Bethany find out where Spencer went, they dare not go back into the game to save their friend. Only this time they are not alone, because the console has also sucked two old guys: Spencer's Opa Eddie (Danny DeVito) and Eddie's estranged business partner Milo (Danny Glover).

Since the console is completely broken, only Martha gets her old avatar, Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). Fridge is in the body of Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), who uses quite a great sense of humor as Fridge, who is accustomed to training on a daily basis. He complains about how lame his character has abilities and weaknesses.

The biggest twist, however, is that Eddie becomes Bravestone and inhabits Milo Mouse Finbar (Kevin Hart). I have to give both Johnson and Hart important props that spend a good deal of the movie imitating DeVito and Glover, and who do not seem to realize that they've just entered a magical video game.

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It is the old cliché that "old people are senile and confused in a dangerous situation", but it will be more than that when Eddie and Milo enjoy regaining their youthful stamina. In particular, Hart does an outstanding job of mimicking Glover's slow and quiet delivery – so praiseworthy in our world, but a grave mistake in the dangerous world of the game.

Just as the teens in the first movie had to overcome their differences to survive, Eddie and Milo have to bury the hatchet over a restaurant that they had together to grow as characters. In other words, the power-ups were the lessons they learned on their way.

As such, the movie is truly one of two Golden Age friends who must learn the most about themselves and the dangers of leaving problems unresolved until it's almost too late to do anything about it.

As soon as we are back JumanjiThe story is in full swing as our favorite NPC, Nigel Billingsley (Rhys Darby), designs a brand new storyline that turns our heroes into a loop. This time, they are expected to find a mystery Temple of fateReal Jewel by Jürgen dem Brutalen (game of ThronesRory McCann (aka The Hound), a Viking-inspired villain who works a lot better Bobby Cannavale Russell Van Pelt Welcome to the jungle,

On the one hand Jürgen starts with a much better background story: he murdered the parents of dr. Brave Stone. In a hilariously inspired move, Johnson also plays Bravestone Sr. (mustachioed and rocking a groovy 70s perm) in a brief retrospective during the introductory cut scene. Nevertheless, the circle of tragic origins of Bravestone never closes again, as Jürgen finally defeated in the last act.

This time we prefer deserts and snow-capped mountains to jungles. The next levelVersion of Jumanji feels like one Dark tower Pocket universe of various influences that conflict anachronistically (and delightfully) with each other.

That's why it's so much fun to visit this ever-changing universe, and the great cinematography of Gyula Pados, the returning EP, captures all the groundbreaking and adventurous beauties of nature.

Even with a microwave-cooled residual quality for the process, The next level It's still a pleasure, especially with new characters like pickpocket Ming Fleetfoot (Awkwafina shows a beautifully customizable performance) and Cyclone, a majestic horse with hidden but great abilities.

Add mysterious pools that allow characters to swap avatar bodies, and you have enough fresh elements to justify this sequel, which is still fun despite some missed opportunities (the importance of a fruit-based mission is completely wasted ) Act III) and invented action elements. Do we really need Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough (Nick Jonas) to come back after Alex's story was well processed in the last movie?

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Be it a sandy buggy escape from rabid ostriches, a race over shaky suspension bridges with growling mandrills or a casual chat with a stable full of camels. Jumanji: The next level has no shortage of epic set pieces and outstanding character moments.

There's even a testicular joke that may be one of the funniest gimmicks of 2019.

In the end, you will not be able to stop smiling, even if the characters resume their lives in the "normal" world. A mid-credits scene leaves the door open for a sequel that, if followed, would tie in closer to what happened in the 1995 film, but we'll have to wait and see how The next level occurs at the box office.

Personally, I find it cool to see Nigel Billingsley as the main villain for a future movie because he has two entries as a brilliant and (sometimes) helpful NPC. Hell, Jonathan Hyde, 71, is still alive. Why not let him repeat his role as Van Pelt, who is now an aged man and decides to pass the hunting torch to a younger character like Nigel?

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And that's just right. I would not mind returning to this world again. Despite my disappointment about certain elements in The next levelI can not deny the enormous potential of the world Jumanji This also applies to Sony, who wanted to bring this classic property from the mid-90s to very new life.

The characters are memorable, the jokes are solid and the premise is pretty much unsurpassed. A game – be it a board, a video, or something else – that comes to life is something that, if properly handled, never loses its magic.

Play games in a universal constant that applies to everyone on the planet. That's why it's so exciting to see the stakes become reality when we're used to rolling dice or pushing buttons in the comfort of our own four walls.

What would happen if you were really sent to jail? monopoly? How about if you have severe third degree burns due to Bowser 's Fire Breath in the Super Mario?

That makes JumanjiConcept so appealing. It takes something so commonplace and unexpectedly transforms it into an epic struggle between life and death. A person who is used to going through the movements must carefully think about everything that he does to keep breathing.

To quote Freddie once again, "It's so easy if you know the rules."

Jumanji: The next level will open in cinemas this Friday, December 13th.

Colin Hanks, John Ross Bowie, Dania Ramirez and Marin Hinkle play the lead role.

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