Review Round Up: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Discover what critics have had to say about this new film involving the infamous game in which anything can happen… 

The Guardian: *** “a big, brash, amiable entertainment with something of Indiana Jones, plus the body-swap comedy of Freaky Friday, or F Anstey’s Victorian classic Vice Versa.”

NME: *** 1/2 “It might lack subtlety and lose steam towards the end, but WTTJ more than makes up for it with some hilarious set pieces and an all-star cast that oozes chemistry.”

Variety: “It’s supposed to be a video-ized board game come to life, but really, it’s just a bored game.”

Vanity Fair: “Hart and Johnson’s George-and-Lennie chemistry crackles; Gillan’s ass-kicking is thoroughly satisfying; Black’s understated line readings and perfect timing will make you wish he’d ditch Kung Fu Panda sequels for more live-action roles.”

IGN: “for those who were hoping for it to be the ridiculous and zany comedy adventure the trailers had promised, you can rest easy knowing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle does, indeed, deliver on that.” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is polished, mostly successful and always entertaining meat-and-potatoes entertainment.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The film’s main appeal is in watching familiar actors pretend to be ordinary kids grappling with their new selves.”

Den of Geek: **** “Rarely derivative and always enjoyable, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is not the uninspired imitation you may have been expecting.”

Express: *** ” when it comes to the challenges and levels Dr Smoulder and co face, there’s never really a sense of great danger – and this is a 12A.”

Screen Daily: “Likeable rather than overwhelming, it should appeal to holiday audiences who’ve already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi or are looking for something with broader ‘family’ appeal.”

Metro: *** “All in all, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle won’t achieve classic status like the original – but it’s far from a franchise-ruiner, and in this day and age of dodgy remakes, that’s all we can really hope for.”

The Wrap: “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle is the Christmas tentpole release that aims to please and succeeds, a funny family entertainment product that subverts more expectations than it was obligated to contractually.” ** 1/2 “The film’s sense of humour is quickly derived to be of a very silly, immature nature (think Goosebumps or Ghostbusters), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a little scary, so as to be exciting rather than frightening for young people, so it should appeal to kids and families on that basis.”

Geek Culture: “Director Jake Kasdan has opted not to go all special effects on this, and rightfully focused on the wealth of characters he has in this ensemble.”


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