Talking about Hollywood's tendency to market with nostalgia at this point is boring. That if there is a lack of ideas, that if the decline of creativity, that if infancy is violated... We already know all that. It is useless to deny the reality of the new status of the remake or the constant reboot because it works like a steamroller that is moving closer and closer in time. Everything is to squeeze the properties and franchises with some name, and that's evident one more time with 2019's Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, watch it now and discover how's been Hollywood treatment with this beloved classic.
Once we pass the tantrum of rigor, what we find is that there is nothing to worry about, even if they defecate on top of your favorite classic, everything is still in place when we resume our beloved original DVD movie. It happens that films that we do not consider for as much, as ‘Jumanji’ (1995), also has its nostalgic audience and has marked a few lives that are already demanding that this generational representation be recognized.
A good handful of them are remakes, sequels, reimagining or updated versions of something that already existed. And it has no signs of stopping the thing. So yes, all the fears of the lovers of the original ‘Jumanji’ have all the foundation, Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle is only a self-conscious, light version and with some ingenious situations here and there. Of course, its tonal approach is quite different.
Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle looks at the blockbusters of almost autonomous set pieces of the 2000s. It is still a kind of rudimentary version of those substitutes of Indiana Jones as' Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ', only with a quick and auto-parochial script that gives some court to the demystification of archetypes through the fun and uncompleted interpretations of their squad.
Of course, its premise is soft and normal teen cinema (it is the fourteenth time that they join 'The club of five' to start an adventure), on paper, organizing a game of video game with physical incarnations of the players sounds very to 'Avatar' (2009), but the truth is that in 'Monsters and Labyrinths' (Mazes and Monsters, 1982), board games like Jumanji allowed you to become one of their characters, even if it had a warning effect against of the role.
Also the mythical short ‘The master of the battle’ of the movie ‘Nightmares,’ from 1983 did the same with the recreational ones, turning Emilio Estévez into a digital hero. But the truth is that in this new ‘Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle’, the excuse of the game, is not too exploited. It is, in fact, a lost opportunity to bring out the possibilities of the medium in the cinema, however, it is really barely used superficially for a couple of jokes or as the excuse to level up in abrupt changes of scenery, something that already they had assimilated the blockbusters of the 21st century without justifying it, watch it now to understand.
In the original, at least, that level crossing was even a challenge that created a narrative anticipation and tension, which is practically absent here. If we add to that an almost television series staging of the nineties, we have a product that fulfills its task of hanging out with a constant humor and shameless blows of a Jack Black in his sauce. There is also a painted villain, with surprising details, but the truth is that the set is perceived as a harmless product, to use and throw away and many more concessions to the sentimentality ñoño than what his canallita comedy shell intends to sell.