Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle - Review

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.

In this film, four high school students are stuck in detention together. While they’re there, they decide to play a game called ‘Jumanji’ into which they get sucked. While the plot of the game seems largely unsurprising, the VFX and special effects used in the film seem most natural.

Through the course of the game, the four students get personal with each other in the absence of any technological distraction - a phenomenon they mention several times in the film - and also meet another character stuck in the game: Alex, played by Nick Jonas. They all later become a tight group of friends who have overcome their fears and stared death straight in the eye together.

The adventures of the movie are only slightly engaging, though the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ angle of the characters was cleverly used at some points in the film. As the group of students (namely Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, Martha and Alex) who are now friends, conquer all challenges and finish the game, they find a way back to their real lives. The ending of the film, I feel, is highly underrated. The return of Alex to 1996, which was when he got sucked in, and the alternate universe of his household being alive and happy seems very logically flawed, but the small meet-scene of Alex and Bethany at the end was quite emotionally stimulating.

As for the performances, Kevin Hart and Jack Black stood out for their impeccable comedic delivery. Jack Black mastered the role of Bethany stuck in Professor Shelly. All in all, the film is a must-watch for all ages. It’s quite hilarious and an entertaining watch with friends. Let us know in the comments below what you thought of the film!