Jumanji “Take Two”?
By Alexander Pieretti
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had mixed reviews from the people about whether or not it will do well in theaters. Most people only think this because, like other remakes, the remake doesn’t tend to do well at the box office because no one wants to see the same movie again.
In reality, the new installment of the Jumanji world has done well in the box office making $37.3 million since opening. This puts it at the top of the box office over Insidious: the Last Key at $29.6 million, Star Wars: the Last Jedi at $23.8 million, and the Greatest Showman at $13.8 million.
Even though there are mixed feelings on the movie, some people have a general rule of thumb for making a movie reboot. “As long as they are still able to capture the same feel as original and make a good movie on it’s own, they can do any reboot they want,” sophomore Troy Corrington said.
It is also a shame that some people have resorted to hating due to it being a reboot despite its 75% rating on rottentomatoes.com. Also, since its release on December 20th, 2017, it received a 90% of audiences have liked and a 6.1/10 rating according to rottentomatoes.com, and a 3.5 stars according it allmovie.com.
On the other hand of the spectrum, people gone to theaters to watch the sequel of one of their favorite films which they’ve been waiting for. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is that rare film that will put smiles on kids' faces and keep parents laughing along with them. Given that it's been 22 years since the first Jumanji movie, some parents may find themselves basking in a warm nostalgia as well,” allmovie.com reported. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle uses a charming cast and a humorous twist to offer an undemanding yet solidly entertaining update on its source material,” rottentomatoes.com stated
Along with people questioning whether the film would be any good, they were also worried about if the new film would keep the integrity of the original. The only major difference between the two films is that this time, instead of the game coming into the real world, the kids are sucked into the game itself, just like Alan Parrish played by Robin Williams in the 1995 take on Jumanji. The two films both feature the game itself preventing the kids from reaching the finish and returning back to the time of which they started the game, and that they can’t leave without finishing the game. Lastly, along with the Jumanji (1995), this time the four kids have to help return a kids that was taken into the twenty years prior.
At the end of the day, rather than literally judging a book by its cover, just go see the film in person to find out the truth.