Welcome to the official third instalment to Jumanji. Once again, this film follows young Spencer (Alex Wolff), but this time Spencer is struggling with a few personal issues including a recent break up with his girlfriend. Spencer also lives long distance from all his close friends. We soon discover that Spencer still has the smashed up and busted Jumanji video game console from the previous film. Spencer attempts to repairs the console and manages to renters the world of Jumanji. Soon his friends figure out Spencer’s recent activity and decide to also renter the game to try and rescue their friend. But this time the game is different; Jumanji is a different world. The players and the avatars have also changed. The players will venture through the Jungle, Desert & Snowy Mountains while looking for Spencer along the way.
As a third instalment, I was generally excited to see this film. For those who are curious, I gave the last instalment, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017), a score of 7.0/10. It was creative, fun and a worthy sequel to the 1995 film – RIP Robin Williams.
Thankfully Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) brings new and fresh ideas to the screen. There are new elements introduced to make this video game world more relatable for 2019. Plus! While actors are the same, their personalities are different this time. This was exciting and fresh to see, particularly when it came to the actors Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart.
While many elements are fresh, there are minor issues with the film. Some of these include a weak and forgettable villain. While I enjoyed The majority of this film, it also feels far too long, especially when you reach the third act. This act also didn’t carry the same level of humour or pacing, in my opinion.
Overall, considering this is a third instalment to the world of Jumanji, I’m proud to say it’s another positive film for the franchise. While the level of creativity is higher, I only had a few personal issues with this film, including a weak villain and that the film’s general run time was a bit long. No matter my opinion, there’s still plenty of fun moments to have here. I’m honestly excited and curious to see if the creators of this film will roll the dice for a 4th instalment.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden