Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Release date: 13 December, 2019
Running Time: 123 Minutes
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Jumanji: The Next Level is an upcoming American fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. It is the second sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji, following 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the overall fourth installment of the Jumanji franchise. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman, reprising their roles from the previous film, alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Danny Glover, and Danny DeVito. It is scheduled to be released on 13 December, 2019 by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label.
Unknown to his friends, Spencer kept the pieces of the Jumanji video game and one day repaired the system in the basement of his grandfather’s house. When Spencer’s friends Bethany, Fridge, and Martha arrive, they find Spencer missing and the game running and decide to re-enter Jumanji to save him. Spencer’s grandfather Eddie and his friend Milo Walker hear the commotion and inadvertently get sucked into the game too before any of Spencer’s friends can select their avatars. With a new quest offered to them by Nigel Billingsley, the teenaged friends must help Eddie and Milo get used to their in-game avatars, get them to help find Spencer and Bethany, and escape Jumanji once again and for all.
After the release of the previous film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas had discussed in interviews what a possible Jumanji sequel (referred to as Jumanji 3) would be about, including the possibility of the film exploring the origins of the titular game. Karen Gillan had also said that the alternate ending for Welcome to the Jungle would have left the door open for another movie. In February 2018, it was announced that Kasdan would direct the sequel, with Rosenberg and Pinkner again writing the script and Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan reprising their roles.
On February 22, 2019, Black confirmed the new film as being a fourth Jumanji film because of Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) serving as the second film and sharing continuity with the other films of the series, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle serving as the third film. In July 2019, the film’s title was revealed as Jumanji: The Next Level.
In January 2019, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover joined the film. In February 2019, it was announced Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Nick Jonas were announced to reprise their roles. In March 2019, Dania Ramirez joined the cast of the film. That same month, it was announced Rhys Darby would reprise his role in the film. In May 2019, it was announced Colin Hanks would reprise his role.
Filming began on January 21, 2019, and took place in Atlanta, New Mexico, Calgary, Fortress Mountain Resort and Hawaii before wrapping on May 11. Johnson made a reported $23.5 million for his role.
Henry Jackman, is set to create the musical score after previously working on the first part.
The film is scheduled to be released on 13 December, 2019. An official trailer was released on July 1, 2019. A final trailer was released on October 31, 2019. The film’s Australian release date is December 26, 2019.
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Jumanji: The Next Level Movie Review:
The first issue had famous comedic and action heroes pretending to be children, who were awed (or disgusted, as the case may be) by their new bodies and abilities. The kids in us might have just about enjoyed that albeit a bit vicariously.
This time around, though, the kids have become teens and their personas within the game, mix-up on occupations, but the change in personalities don’t stand-out as distinctively. There’s not much humour in Dwayne Johnson as Bravestone looking back on his Eddie (Danny De Vito), the grandfather reality. As an actor there’s not much he can do to mirror that existence.
Even Jack Black’s attempts to channel Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) fall flat. As the group of four teens Spencer (Alex Wolff), Bethany (Madison Iseman), Martha (Morgan Turner) and football star Fridge head to Jumanji viz the old-fashioned tablet video game that transports them, it’s just not fun anymore. And the addition of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover as Milo, into the mash-up isn’t engineered well-enough to generate hysterics either. Their purpose here is merely to allow for an explanation of the game-playing (a pitiful attempt to get a newer audience inveigled) dutifully put forth by the younger team members.
It was fairly bearable when the four nerdy kids got transported to Jumanji and had a task to save that world within the three lives (in the first issue) but to think that teens today (even if they are troubled) don’t have anything better to do other than churn-out a fantasy objective in order to gain self-confidence – doesn’t sit well at all. And the adults in it make that sort of dysfunctional imagination seem weird.
The players brave the jungle, desert, mountains and dangerous animals in their bid to save the fantastical video game world of Jumanji – so in that sense Jumanji offers some new locations and plenty of digital chicanery fashioning its thrills. But it’s really not enough to keep you interested. The best thing that could be said about this film is that it’s harmless and doesn’t use offensive language to mine comedy. It’s another matter that the situations put forth are not comical at all!