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Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle – Review preview

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Published on Dec 31, 2017

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The production approach to the sequel to Jumanji may not have the same awe that they can inspire giants like Star Wars or Jurassic Park. The biggest cult phenomenon, the first episode, released in 1995, was nothing more than a fun product for a teenager, and ennobled by the presence of Robin Williams, and enriched by the visual effects of ILM, but irrelevant on a stylistic level, as are all the works annaspanti honest guy Joe Johnston (Rocketeer in Captain America passing for Jurassic Park 3 and The Wolfman).

The original concept is here updated and overturned. In an exercise of meta-nostalgic, the famous board game gets a cartridge from video games of the ’90s, and, this time, are not the wild creatures to invade the urban world. On the contrary, a group of guys from the New Hampshire ends up in the jungle for an adventure structured in a very simple way, permeated with refined references (the film could be called Jumanji: romancing the stone), without excess, based on the usual rite of passage of adolescence.

Not only the reluctant protagonists are forced to cooperate, but must also live on the skin of antithetical avatar: a nerdy, frail, and cowardly becomes the enormous Dwayne Johnson, a bully ends up in the body of an embarrassed Kevin Hart, a young girl insecure turns into Karen Gillan (Nebula Guardians of the Galaxy) version of Lara Croft and a cheerleader snob, you should learn how to use your penis (yes) Jack Black.

On the other hand, the director, Jake Kasdan made the bones with the R-Rated comedy " Bad Teacher, Sex Tape) and is more comfortable with the comic dialogues and gags slapstick that, with the action itself, reduced to a couple of fist fights and a chase helicopter weighed down by digital effects that pale in comparison to those of twenty years ago. At times, it seems to be a mix between a vanziniano Holiday in the Jungle and an adventure film, old-style that does not claim to be anything more than a vague entertainment.

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