It’s hard to say how fans will truly react to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. I had mixed feelings about the first trailer, and this new trailer doesn’t sway it in any direction. But in a day and age of reboots, a new take on Jumanji wasn’t a complete surprise.
In the new trailer, we get to see the traditional new footage and some more details on the evolution of the game, which in turn explains its world building. Now, four troublemaking high school students have become trapped in a video game of the same name, where they have become their chosen avatars. If you haven’t seen the first trailer, you get a sense of how these students chose characters that are not like themselves. So there’s that. Oh, and I guess Nick Jonas plays an ace pilot. Check out the full trailer here below.
If anything, we can expect Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle to lack some of the practical nuances the first film had. Although, the lush jungle backdrops does give a sense of reality. But since everything has to be bigger and badder than the last, there’s got to be that splash of CGI effects. It does kind of take away from the magic that the original had, but since the reboot/quasi-sequel takes place within a video game, I guess I can accept that there are pixelated rhinos rampaging through the jungles.
As for the film itself, well it stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. Quite a powerhouse cast if you’ve enjoyed anything those guys have been in. And for it to be a family-friendly film, it’s actually quite nice to see such a great cast. They seem to be having a lot of fun with this, which could mean that the film could be entertaining.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a braveexplorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle opens in theaters on December 20, 2017.