Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle - How the 'Modern Girl' was Depicted

The film, Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, is an adventure-comedy directed by Jake Kasdan. It was released on Netflix India today on 13th February 2021. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, who plays Dr Bravestone, Kevin Hart, who plays Mouse Finbar, Karen Gillan, who plays Ruby Roundhouse and Jack Black who plays Professor Shelly.

This film’s humour was its selling point. This humour was centrally surrounding the depiction of Bethany, the ‘Modern Girl’ who cannot imagine her life without her phone. Bethany is trapped inside the body of a middle-aged overweight man Professor Shelly. She struggles to come to terms with being male, middle-aged and overweight.

When Bethany’s introduction scene was being played, I felt attacked, even called out. It seemed too real. Yes, many Modern Girls (at least I) struggle to find the perfect sunlight that would bounce off their faces, hiding any and all spots or acne. When we find that sunlight, we want to click the perfect picture to post; and perfect includes having the coffee mug rightly placed and hair appropriately messy. If nothing else, we all definitely examine a picture a hundred times before we choose to post it. So yes, the beginning of the depiction was great because it accurately captured the essence of all of our insecurities.

But then, it got weird. Well, maybe Bethany does, but most girls probably don’t FaceTime their friends during a quiz, and we don’t think flirting is the only way to distract a bunch of guys. We won't look for our phone if we're stuck in a jungle in someone else's body. We eat bread once in a while, helplessly, unable to stop themselves.

Nevertheless, the film made up for these inaccuracies with Martha’s character. The film is an entertaining watch, perfect for a Saturday. It’s streaming on Netflix. Comment your thoughts below!