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Jumanji is Loads of Fun: My Review of Dwayne Johnson's 2017 Action Movie

Back in December 2017, while my wife and I were taking a few vacation days in Myrtle Beach, SC, we decided to see the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle . A remake of the mid-1990s movie which starred Robin Williams, this Jumanji stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and is directed by Jake Kasdan. The movie opens with a New Hampshire teenager named Alex coming into possession of a board game called (you guessed it) Jumanji . That night, it mysteriously transforms into a video game cartridge. When Alex starts playing, he is sucked into the game. Years later, four students at Brantford (NH) High School receive detention for various offenses. They come across the same game and (like Alex) find themselves pulled inside. They land in a jungle as their game avatars - each with three game lives and various strengths and weaknesses. Well, all except Dr. Smolder Bravestone. He has no weaknesses. Jumanji is an enjoyable fantasy actioner. David Edelstein, writing for Vulture , ca