In a world that has become inundated with reimaginings of classic properties, it's difficult to find one that legitimately impresses critics. That's why Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seems like such an interesting project; as of right now, it's doing reasonably well with the critical audience. In fact, in CinemaBlend's review of the update/reboot/indirect sequel, our own Dirk Libbey praised the film as a charismatic and exciting flick that makes up for narrative issues with sheer fun. Dirk wrote:
So it sounds like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is precisely the type of movie that you can take the family to for the holidays. While not particularly complicated or complex, it does deliver enough thrills and laughs to keep audiences in their seats. Beyond that, it seems to take on the responsibilities of serving as a video game movie (a subgenre that has suffered in recent years) and elevate the form in ways that we don't often see.
Dirk wasn't the only critic to praise Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for the fun and charisma of its cast. The A.V. Club similarly praised the lead performances (specifically Dwayne Johnson's role as Spencer) and the film as a whole for serving as an inoffensive and generally innocent source of good-hearted fun. The A.V. Club's review reads:
That sentiment was more or less echoed in IGN's review of the film. In particular, IGN pointed out that the film's story could use some work, but the sheer amount of fun injected into the action sequences and the back-and-forth between the leads helped to make up for those issues. The IGN review said:
However, not every review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has offered up the same degree of praise for the charismatic film. Specifically, The New York Times took a much more scathing approach, opting to classify the Jumanji update as a knock-off of older and better adventure films of a similar ilk like Raiders of the Lost Ark, while also failing to be quite as funny as it thinks it is. The New York Times review said:
When you put all of those takes together, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is going into its release with a commendable 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film will debut in theaters tomorrow on December 20, so let us know if you plan to see it.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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