"Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle," probably struggles the most at the start when the kids who will be sucked into the game are introduced. They fit too easily into annoying cliches--"Nerdy guy," "Jock," "Self-absorbed girl," and, "Smart-but-socially-awkward girl," but that arguably has to be done so that when they find themselves in the world of, "Jumanji," it is all the more funny to see the shrimpy kid turn into The Rock, the tall jock become Kevin Hart, the awkward girl be a fit-and-cute Karen Gillan, and in a stellar performance, the narcissistic girl manifests in the game as a very upset Jack Black. Many of the best jokes come about from her at-first disgust at suddenly being a middle-aged man shifting into a zany joyous self-discovery as she gets used to having a penis (it's just cute and self-aware enough to not come-off as transphobic as I worried it at first might).
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"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," is good fun thanks to a fantastic cast and managed to keep me consistently amused. I won't bother trying to compare it to the original as it is its own unique and highly enjoyable beast. The plot may be mostly forgettable, but the back-and-forth between the superb cast makes everything delightfully breezy. It's great fun and easily worth rating 4 out of 5 stars.