Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Every other weekend I’m seeing another sequel/remake/reboot of something from my childhood. One look at my feelings on things like IT and Stranger Things will tell you I’m in no way opposed to jumping on the nostalgia train. However, it does get a little bit much from time to time to always rehash old things and while there’s a lot of good out there… there’s also Independence Day: Resurgence. I find myself always TRYING to keep one foot on the ground when I see a trailer.
In 1995, I saw Jumanji and it was incredible. Honestly, it should be listed as one of those movies which shaped my imagination. It was scary and funny and to an 8 year old the danger was “real”. So, to say that I was going to hold Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to some tough standards was an understatement. I was going to have to try and be objective and keep an open mind. Which was tough because those first few set photos were not inspiring any kind of confidence. What do you mean it wasn’t going to feature a board game? What do you mean it’ll star Dwayne Johnson?? It’s supposed to be about kids! Is that really what Karen Gillian is wearing?! What is this?!