I enjoyed this one a lot more than I would have expected. I’d initially planned to see it when it came out on video; I WOULD have consigned it to the nearest discount theater, and seen it there; it was, in my initial estimation, a perfect candidate for the discount theater. Alas, AMC decided to turn the only discount theater in the area into a regular theater–a move which will, I am certain, result in either the closing of said theater or its reversion to a discount theater in the near future. It worked out, though. I went to see JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE with family, and I loved it. I would have expected some silly fun, but the movie is a straight-up blast.
I have to credit the cast. Jack Black, who is either on or off with his skills as a thespian, is very much ON here. His comedic abilities are considerable. Likewise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should really focus on comedy, as he does his best acting that I’ve seen in this film. Kevin Hart is Kevin Hart, but it works in this one. My favorite character, though, is the one played by Karen Gillan, and it is Gillan who most impressed me with her performance. She was fine (I mean her performance; “fine” has more than one meaning, and both are applicable where she is concerned) as Nebula in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movies, and she did a good job in the Horror flick OCULUS, but she really gets to show her comedic chops in JUMANJI. (By the way, even Nick, or whichever one of the Jonas brothers that is in the movie, does a good job. Credit where it’s due.)
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is a fun, fun movie. I recommend seeing it on the big screen, even if you, like me, no longer have the option of waiting till it hits the discount theaters. It’s worth seeing at full price. Or at least a matinee.