Jumanji: The Next Level

Release date: December 13, 2019

The premise of the movie is that the gang have move on from high school graduation, living and adapting to their college lives. However, they keep in touch with each other, agreeing to meet up for brunch at Nora. But the movie does hint that there may be relationship issues (with the possibility of breakup) between Spencer and Martha, making Spencer seemingly more withdrawn from contact with the gang (even though he is in the chat group with them).

Returning home to his mother’s house, he sees his grandpa Eddie (played by the always wonderful Danny DeVito) staying there due to hip surgery. Feeling depress and insecurity mount as the meeting up is coming up, he went down to his basement to retrieve the Jumanji video game that unbeknown to his friend, he kept.

As the group meet for brunch at Nora, they become worry about Spencer not showing up or hearing back from him therefore decided to go check up on him at his mother’s house. There, they met Spencer’s grandfather and his ex-friend Milo (played by the also wonderful Danny Glover) who came by to try and mend his friendship with Eddie.

The gang soon discover that Spencer has returned to Jumanji and decided to go save him, unknown that this time, Bethany was not able to join, and the game have pull in 2 additional individuals into the game. Grandpa Eddie and Milo, each taking in the avatar of Dr. Smolder Bravestone and Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart), making Fridge take over Bethany’s previous avatar – Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon.

Hilarity and danger ensure as they search for Spencer along with finding additional skills and new characters along the way.

Overall, I enjoy the movie the second time around. Much more so than the first. The gang is back and this time around, like a new next level in Jumanji, the cast and crew bought the next level of fun to it. It was double the action, double the hilarity, and double the fun.

New skills (strength and weaknesses), additional new character. The cast up their game in role playing particularly that of Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, and Kevin Hart – playing up the roles of Fridge, Grandpa Eddie, and Milos while Karen Gillian still a badass no less.

I highly recommend. A must-see holiday movie guarantee with plenty of laughs around.

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