Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | Motley stars romp and scream through fantasy sequel

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Kevin Hart Karen Gillan Jack Black Dwayne Johnson.
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Kevin Hart Karen Gillan Jack Black Dwayne Johnson.

The game has evolved.

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and former Doctor Who assistant Karen Gillan are the brawny and brainy avatars of four high-school kids magically stranded inside a jungle video game in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a very belated sequel to the terrific 1995 fantasy comedy starring Robin Williams.

Amid the rampaging CGI animals and galloping fun, Johnson is a scream as the teenage nerd trapped inside the body of a strapping adventure hero. And Gillan captures the writhing discomfort of the wallflower transformed into a midriff-baring, Lara Croft-style badass, while Kevin Hart is similarly put out as the hulking alpha jock turned into a shrimp-sized zoologist.

Black predictably lets rip as the prissy teen princess, mortified to have been converted into an overweight middle-aged male palaeontologist. But you may find his mincing, over-the-top turn too much of a good thing.

Certificate 12. Runtime 119 mins. Director Jake Kasdan

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Sony Pictures.


Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.