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“Jumanji” is a classic movie from the 90’s that stars the late Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a grown man who claims he was sucked into a mystical board game titled “Jumanji” many years prior after two young children discover the board game and unintentionally release Alan from the game. What follows is wild animals, roaring waters, and the town Alan originally took solace in being almost entirely destroyed by the game.

After the success of the first movie, many expected a sequel. But 5 years soon came and went, then 10. The thought of a sequel seemed slim as time passed, and was thought impossible when Robin Williams sadly passed away in 2014. Nothing is impossible however, as some like to think “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is the sequel so many didn’t know they needed until now.

This long awaited movie flips the switch on the original “Jumanji,” as instead of witnessing what the board game could do on the outside world, we see what the video game could do on the inside.

4 stereotypical teenagers (a video game nerd, jock, girly girl, and an introvert) are sucked into the game and the audience, after 22 years, gets to witness the world of “Jumanji,” through the eyes of big name actors such as Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black to name a few.

These big name actors did what they do best, act. A popular character among the crowd is Jack Black’s character Bethany, who was a stereotypical, popular, teenage girl who chose to play as the Jumanji character Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon who Bethany thought was a girl, but actually ended up being a man who is an expert in cartography, archaeology, and paleontology. Black did a remarkable job staying true to his character, and it was funny for all to see a well-known actor act in such a way.

The film paid respect to its roots as well, as there is mention of Robin Williams character Alan Parrish and the mark he left on the game. Singer and actor Nick Jonas also makes an appearance as Alex, who is a very similar character compared to William’s Alan, as the two spent time stuck in the game world for many years before finding any hope in escaping.

As expected with past movie sequel flops, most didn’t expect the two decade long-awaited movie to live up to its predecessor. But as usual, Hollywood can be shocking. Most think it’s due to the popular actors that cross the cast list or the unexpected humor and/or plot twist at every turn, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” turned out to be a movie that not only compliments the original, but stands alone as well.

You can see “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in theaters now, with the DVD release date to be determined.

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