One thing leads to another and several of the original crew end up back in the game – although not exactly the same group. But the world has changed, there are desserts and angry ostriches, a different bad guy and a whole heap of different fun.
My big issue with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the lack of women and the way the few females in the film were represented… while this is still extremely male heavy, a few things have improved. We’ve got Awkwafina, which is delightful, she’s marvellous. Then a few of the sense with the women are a bit better. I mean, there’s still a long way to go, and there’s a huge setup for a sequel at the end. Maybe they could get a few women on the writing team… maybe even just one?
Robbie Wierdicht (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – and I will forever write and say it in full because I love it) is an overweight, shy kid at school, and at the final assembly, bully Trevor Olson (Jason Bateman) and his mates throw him, naked, in front of the whole school. The only one who doesn’t laugh is sports star, class captain and all round winner Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), who gives him his jacket to cover himself. Skip to twenty years later, Joyner is an accountant bored with his life, far from his glory days, in a marriage with his teenage sweetheart that is leaning towards going sour, when a guy called Bob Stone contacts him. When they meet up, it turns out it is Wierdicht – only no longer a shy fat kid, he is a musclebound hunk – and still massively geeky. And in the CIA. Or is he?
There are funny moments, for sure. But essentially, this is a pretty crap film. There just wasn’t enough to really make it good – essentially, it’s just a mismatched buddy film without enough jokes to make it worth watching.