Critic's Corner - Jumanji

Welcome to the Jungle

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart

Rated: PG:13 Runtime: 119 min

When four young people find themselves in detention and cleaning out the school basement for misconduct. They decide to play a video game that throws them into an intense jungle setting with a sharp learning curve for survival. Friendships are forged and life lessons are learned and the odd game that torments its players has new champions.

The story moves along at a steady cohesive pace and the human avatar switching plot device makes for some good laughs. The acting is good, as Kevin Hart and Jack Black work well below their usual over the top performances of the past, and that adds so much to the ensemble of the cast. An excellent choice in casting was made for this film.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, earns four out of five Sky Spawning Monkeys. This is a fun film meant for the thirteen and older crowd so the younger varmints will enjoy most of it, but hopefully the more mature jokes will float over their heads. If not have fun explaining things on the way home.

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