Jumanji new reboot drives fans to the theater

Cole Cline, Reporter

Jumanji is a movie that was released in 1995 in many different countries. Recently, a new reboot version of the movie was released in 2017. The movie was called Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. This new movie brought us a new cast, some of which are Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. This new movie wanted to take a new approach to the game of Jumanji by bringing it to the digital age.

The original movie consists of  main characters Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter Shepherd (Bradley Pierce) finding an old game board in an old house. When they start playing the game, the events that happen in the game starts to come to life before their eyes. They realize that they have to keep playing and finish the game to bring it all to a stop. Then, they release Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) from the game, who had been stuck in the jungle for over 20 years after failing to complete the game. Alan finds the girl that he had played the game with over 20 years ago. Then, Alan and Sarah Whittle (Bonnie Hunt) finish the game and bring all of the consequences out of the real world.

The 2017 movie Jumanji: Into the Jungle begins with teenagers finding a new video game of Jumanji. They are interested and begin to play the game. The game asks them to select a character that they want to play as. Then they are trapped inside the game and forced to complete the game to get back out. They are converted into the character that they have chosen. Then, then find the treehouse of Alan Parrish from the first movie. This shows that Alan Parrish had been stuck in this jungle for over 20 years and has created a house for him to live in. This connects the two stories by showing that they happen in the same universe. Alan Parrish has lived in the same jungle that they new teens are exploring in the movie. After finding the treehouse, they meet Alan who believes that he has been in the game for only a few months. Alan has actually been in the game for over 20 years. They use his help to complete the game and finally escape Jumanji.

These two movies are connected by the game and the jungle. The Jumanji game is present in both of the movies and plays a large role in both of the movies. The jungle also plays a large role because of how they cross paths in the jungle. The new teenagers and Alan Parrish cross paths and use each other to escape the game.

With these results, it shows that there must be two different versions of the game in the universe, one video game and one board game. This also shows that the two games are connected in the same game world. 

“When I first saw the movies, I could tell that they were related,” said Kolbe Austin (12). The movies are connected and their is solid proof to show it.

I believe that the old movie does a better job at portraying the characters and the story. It has well rounded characters and potrays a convincing plot.