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post #51 of 82

The friend I saw the movie with, who is a big fan of the original movie, really seemed to appreciate the multiple references she saw and heard from the original movie.

 

The only one that I noticed, as someone who probably hasn't seen the movie since VHS days, was that ALAN PARRISH is carved into a tree at some point in the movie.

post #52 of 82
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The only one that I noticed, as someone who probably hasn't seen the movie since VHS days, was that ALAN PARRISH is carved into a tree at some point in the movie.

Oh, yuck.  I was hoping they were somehow going to explain that this new jungle is a different one than the one Alan was stuck in, but apparently not!

 

How's the score some people have been raving about?

post #53 of 82

people raved about it?

 

I didn't find it particularly notable.  It does the job it needs to.

 

Henry Jackman, I think?  Who I think also scored the latest UNCHARTED games?

post #54 of 82
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people raved about it?

 

I didn't find it particularly notable.  It does the job it needs to.

 

Henry Jackman, I think?  Who I think also scored the latest UNCHARTED games?


Yeah, one review I read said it was better than the "James Horner autopilot" score of the original, which I thought sounded insane.

 

Yes, the new one is Jackman.

post #55 of 82

Saw this with my kids and parents as kind of a "family movie night" yesterday. 

 

COLLECTION OF RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

SPOILERS

 

--The references to the prior Jumanji were sparse, but meaningful and somewhat cleverly inserted.  I will say, however, that I did not forget that Parrish was supposedly marooned in Africa during the first film, while these characters are clearly marooned in South America.

 

--We were all delighted by this.  I expected two hours of "not much," and I came out having laughed heartily and been quite entertained.  

 

--Jack Black straight up steals this movie, with an assist from Gillan.  Just outright thievery.  Those two are a hoot every time they take center stage.  

 

--Johnson?  Eh.  Surprisingly, he is easily the least compelling of the four ... five? ... leads for me.  Easily.  Black, Gillan, and to a lesser extent Hart, are all funnier and capture the angst of being transformed in a more entertaining way.  Johnson has a few good comedic scenes (smolder ... lol ...) but he's relegated to straight man a lot, and that's boring.  It doesn't help that he's the only one of the mains who is legitimately happy about the body swap, as those are some of the funniest moments.

 

--My parents understood essentially none of the video game references, but me and the kids loved them.

 

--The characters dying from video game shit had me convulsing in laughter.  Not as much as Gillan's "distraction" scene, though.  She's pretty hot and fierce in this.  

 

--Okay, I may have been completely oblivious or overthinking things, but I was utterly wrong in my prediction-while-watching of what happened to the boy from 1996 who vanished.  I thought he became the villain (which, actually, I think would have made for a more engaging final third of the film).  Instead, when he shows up halfway through, I was genuinely surprised.  The somewhat rushed "let's stay behind" option we see from Johnson might have had a little more weight to it if we had seen another character descend into evil due to being trapped in the game for so long.  

 

--Bazaar sequence and the "transportation" checkpoint probably my favorite part of the film.  Just a riot.  

 

--The final action sequence fell slightly flat for me as really only two of the characters had much to do, but by then the movie was coasting on so much goodwill I was just having a great time.  

 

______________

 

We all liked it.  Much more than I expected.  It's no Zathura, and I don't know if it's quite as good as its predecessor, but given how highly I praise Zathura and the original Jumanji that doesn't mean it's a bad film.  I think if they had reworked the helicopter sequence and final fight a bit, and maybe given 1996 boy a more compelling narrative (given how long he's been trapped in the game), it would have made a difference ... but I still liked it plenty.  

post #56 of 82

Oh, one more thing.  

 

I love Kualoa valley (Oahu).  Love it.  One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and after spending a few days there years ago, I made it a point to visit a second time with my kids.  Really gorgeous.

 

Hollywood needs to consider retiring it as a movie backdrop for a while.  Seriously.  It's starting to immediately pull me out of whatever setting I'm supposed to be in when that iconic valley is popping up all the fucking time.  I get it, no one wants to travel to Brazil or Kenya to film.  Pick a different fucking valley in Hawaii.

 

And Gillan's outfit?  Shorts could have been even shorter, and midriff baring shirt could have definitely bared even more midriff.  

 


Edited by Overlord - 12/22/17 at 1:48pm
post #57 of 82
So much Jack Black praise? Haven't heard that since School of Rock. Good for him.
post #58 of 82
I saw this for Karen Gillan, and I got my money's worth.
post #59 of 82
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I saw this for Karen Gillan, and I got my money's worth.

She is so fetch.
post #60 of 82
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Oh, one more thing.  

 

I love Kualoa valley (Oahu).  Love it.  One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and after spending a few days there years ago, I made it a point to visit a second time with my kids.  Really gorgeous.

 

Hollywood needs to consider retiring it as a movie backdrop for a while.  Seriously.  It's starting to immediately pull me out of whatever setting I'm supposed to be in when that iconic valley is popping up all the fucking time.  I get it, no one wants to travel to Brazil or Kenya to film.  Pick a different fucking valley in Hawaii.

 

And Gillan's outfit?  Shorts could have been even shorter, and midriff baring shirt could have definitely bared even more midriff.  

 


no such thing as too much midriff. good call, sir

post #61 of 82

Finally saw it.

 

Never thought I'd say this but Jack Black definitely steals the movie.

post #62 of 82
Oh, a thought I had about the guy from 1996. The movie eventually plays up his 90s lingo and references.

But earlier in the movie, I heard him say "my bad".

And I started wondering... was "my bad" a popular saying in the mid-90s? I didn't think it was.
post #63 of 82
This literally looks like somebody found a movie that was made in 2003 and they just decided "Fuck it....let's release it." Jack Black's presence immediately dates anything. Even if it's new. He exists in a time bubble of 2002-2006 or so.

And "my bad" was absolutely around in the early to mid 90s..
post #64 of 82

This was a fun, innocuous movie. Karen Gillian was great, Hart was funny without being too much, and the Rock gets to mean mug as the straight man.

 

But, Jack Black stole the show.

 

Jack Black being legitimately funny again...

 

post #65 of 82
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And I started wondering... was "my bad" a popular saying in the mid-90s? I didn't think it was.

 

The early '90s junior high basketball court I was constantly fouled on would disagree with you.

post #66 of 82
Had a lot of fun with this. Gillan not getting a fucktonne of attention going forward doesn't seem like an option.
Thought the "This is Allan's house - I'm just living in it" line was really sweet.
post #67 of 82
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Oh, a thought I had about the guy from 1996. The movie eventually plays up his 90s lingo and references.

 

Kind of wish they'd sprinkled his 90s lingo right from the start until they finally confront him on it. To have it all in one scene kind of defeats the purpose since he never does it again before or after. 

post #68 of 82
Man, I kept such am open mind but hated this. It felt like such a lost opportunity for a wild adventure film, but it's all nameless henchmen on motorbikes instead of genuine invention. And what a waste of Bobby Cannavale! They must have severely reduced his character in post.
post #69 of 82

To be fair, they are supposed to be cliche 90s video game villains.

post #70 of 82

oh man, I'm pretty sure Cannavale was in this nearly exactly as much as what was shot!

 

I howled at his cheese and shifting accent!

post #71 of 82
He had lines?
post #72 of 82

He DID!

 

lines such as:

 

"GET THEM!"

 

and

 

"NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

post #73 of 82
I too enjoyed the low ambition/high professionalism on display here. It’s the sort of family comedy that the normies leave completely satisfied with, and one I expect to serve for today’s kids easily as the original does for us (which is to say, remembered a bit more fondly than it deserves). The video game tropes stuff excuses a lot of flat supporting characters (though I wish they had more fun with Cannavale in this regard), and the whole thing is pleasantly silly.

The thing that keeps it afloat and fun is that there’s four gigantic movie stars working by at the height of their proficiency. Hardly anyone’s best work, but a strong proof that each one of them know exactly what they’re doing, delivering exactly what a commerce-driven holiday flick requires to entertain. Black and Gillen are indeed terrific, but I liked all four of them a lot, even Hart, who is never taken to before. It’s put into sharper relief when the fifth character shows up, as this guy (a Jonas brother, I think?) is not in possession of the obvious charisma the others have.

This is a best case scenario extrapolation of what the trailer promised.
post #74 of 82
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I too enjoyed the low ambition/high professionalism on display here. It’s the sort of family comedy that the normies .....

 

Normies?

post #75 of 82
Normal people who don’t post on movie message boards I assume.
post #76 of 82

Got an AMC giftcard for Christmas so decided to check this movie out. It's a lot of fun! Not a ton to it, just talented actors with good chemistry, lots of solid jokes, and Karen Gillan just burning up the screen.

 

It's also amazing how the video game format keeps a blockbuster on track. Big Hollywood movies these days can be so labyrinthine and ill-conceived in terms of characterization and motivation. But give five characters a set of very specific traits (and counter-traits, because of how much different their real selves are from their avatars) that are, in of themselves, Chekhov's guns for scene setups, and a clear and defined goal and the movie writes itself.

 

Who du thunk, literally saying here's a map, here's your ending, get there using your unique skills would result in a cohesive and charming movie. 

 

It was also nice that the blond popular girl wasn't a "mean girl," just kind of vapid. It was refreshing that they all stay friends at the end with little commentary.

 

Also also, Colin Hanks is starting to look exactly like his dad.

post #77 of 82
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It's also amazing how the video game format keeps a blockbuster on track. Big Hollywood movies these days can be so labyrinthine and ill-conceived in terms of characterization and motivation. But give five characters a set of very specific traits (and counter-traits, because of how much different their real selves are from their avatars) that are, in of themselves, Chekhov's guns for scene setups, and a clear and defined goal and the movie writes itself.

 

Who du thunk, literally saying here's a map, here's your ending, get there using your unique skills would result in a cohesive and charming movie. 

 

I feel that a movie that didn't have a video game premise/hook wouldn't be able to 'get away' with that stuff with audiences... particularly when big four-quadrant blockbusters are concerned.  Because those making it would be so desperate for their movie to not come across THAT basic and formulaic.

 

But it's baked into JUMANJI2's premise, so it's A-OK!

 

 

CAKE

post #78 of 82

No, it's not something I'd subscribe to all movies. But along with the video game premise, I tend to watch a lot of cartoons with my daughters. And these cartoons like, say, Tangled: The Series and Elena of Avalor are really clever in how they apply a few sets of personality traits and interests to characters, and then within a relatively set status quo find ways to play with how stalwart a character is with those traits and interests. How many angles can we explore this from?! And because it's a broad cartoon you can sneak in elements of universality and truth in there.

 

I'd bring up a certain movie that is dominating geekdom discussion at the moment, and how a certain character that's been around for 40 years makes a decision that half of people love and half can never accept, and say that's the kind of character work that is built upon an ambiguous premise. Would he do that? We can say he would because he has now, but only because a certain director (rhymes with Brian Swanson) decided to write it a certain way (a way that I love!)

 

But when dealing with these broad video game/cartoon characters, you know there's certain constraints that they can operate within and be cohesive. And it becomes more situational, about taking this hermetic being and throwing them into settings and up against people that test those set parameters.

 

But when you have a more plastic character, you end up with too many questions when faced with a certain challenge. Would they act that way? Sometimes, like with Jumanji, it's nice to have a certainty and see it rewarded. I knew everyone would lose two lives by the end. They did. I knew everyone would get a showcase scene showing off their abilities. They did. 

 

It's nice and tight in setup and payoff.

post #79 of 82

STORIES WITH FASCIST UNDERPINNINGS!!!

 

PERFECT FOR CHILDREN THAT THIRST FOR STRICT BOUNDARIES BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG!  GOOD AND EVIL!!!  NAUGHTY AND NICE!!!!

post #80 of 82

Cool movie, though I did have to explain the erection joke to my kids :(

post #81 of 82

Man, the success of that movie with THE ROCK is totally insane. This WWE-er is riding the wave right now.

I have to admit that the flick surprised me with the level of high-quality comedy and overall entertainment.

Jack Black and Kevin Hart did a wonderful job being in their comfort zone and probably it is one of the reasons for its unbelievable success.

:D 

post #82 of 82

I don't think Jack Black has been as good here as he has in years. Dude was legit hilarious and the scene where he's trying to convince Karen Gilliam and her awesome midriff how to flirt had me in stiches. It actually felt like he was acting instead of just being Jack Black

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