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Movie Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 2017.

Directed by Jake Kasdan.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillen, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Ser’Darius Blain.

Synopsis

When four very different school kids are given a detention, they happen upon an old video game console with the mysterious Jumanji cartridge. They suddenly find themselves sucked into the world of Jumanji, where they take the form of their selected avatars; Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart), Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillen), and must learn to work together in order to complete the game and return to the real world.

Dusting off a board game that has remained unopened since the enjoyable, if hardly a groundbreaking stomping-rhino classic in the form of 1995 Robin Williams summer vehicle Jumanji, wasn’t exactly what audiences were demanding. In this
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

December. Cinema’s recognized “Awards Season” where studios slate projects that vie for Oscar’s golden attention. Typically where an “entertainer” like Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle would become buried – but what an injustice that’d be. I, as a responsible critic, won’t let you skip on one of the year’s wildest cinematic excursions. See Lady Bird with your mom, embrace the peachiness of Call Me By Your Name, but when you need a break from deeper affairs of the filmmaking heart, lighten moods with Jake Kasdan’s dynamite sequel-reboot. Danger is the name of this revamped 90s game, hilarity keeping pace with animalistic enthusiasm.

Our journey begins in modern-day detention, where four high school students from various cliques uncover a prehistoric gaming system while de-stapling old magazines (Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman and Ser’Darius Blain). Spencer (Wolff) plugs the console in and an exploration game titled Jumanji loads up.
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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Review: A Robin Williams Relic Is Reborn as a Mildly Amusing Video Game Movie

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Review: A Robin Williams Relic Is Reborn as a Mildly Amusing Video Game Movie
A semi-related sequel to a 1996 kids movie that exactly zero human beings have watched since the death of VHS, the mildly amusing “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is further proof that even the stalest whiff of brand recognition has become preferable to originality. Only part of the blame for that belongs to the studios, but after cannibalizing themselves for much of the last 20 years, Hollywood has clearly eaten their way down to the crumbs.

That’s not to suggest the original “Jumanji” was such an unspeakably terrible thing — Joe Johnston has always known how to serve a fine bowl of popcorn entertainment — but rather to say that no one should ever have to write the words: “The original ‘Jumanji.’” And while it’s nice that this new adventure has virtually nothing to do with the first one, “The Lego Batman Movie” screenwriter Chris McKenna leveraging the franchise’s most basic
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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Film Review: A Mainstream Moviegoing Miracle

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Film Review: A Mainstream Moviegoing Miracle
You’ve heard the one about the jock (Ser’Darius Blain, “Camp X-Ray”), the brain (Alex Wolff, “My Friend Dahmer”), the loner (Morgan Turner, “Wonderstruck”), and the princess (Madison Iseman, “Still the King”) saddled with detention. But until now you didn’t know the high-concept version that involves them getting lost in the jungle, switching bodies, outrunning motorcycle ninjas or being attacked by hungry, hungry hippos. As premises for a combination sequel-reboot to 1995’s adventure “Jumanji” go, it’s the sort of thing could fail very badly. Happy news, then: “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle” is the Christmas tentpole release that aims to please.
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Film Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Film Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’
When “Jumanji” came out in 1995, one’s first impulse was to consign it to an increasingly overstuffed file marked “Junky Cheeseball Robin Williams Movies.” The film’s one true distinction was its jungle beasts. The lions and monkeys and elephants and rhinos and zebras, rampaging through a kitchen, were brought to life through the then-novel miracle of digital imagery; this was two years after “Jurassic Park,” but the technology still felt bold. As an adventure, “Jumanji” was deluxe magical trash, but its creatures, so fearsomely alive, seemed to be part of some brave new menagerie.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is just trash, with nothing magical about it. A quartet of high-school kids gets sucked into a video-game-console update of the Jumanji board game, landing in the most generic of jungles, and that’s where they stay, except for one brief detour into the most generic of fake Middle Eastern bazaars. Whatever the rules
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Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Has Goofy Charms, Uninspired Adventure

After Steven Spielberg and company broke visual effects barriers with Jurassic Park, two years later, 1995’s Jumanji brought more large-scale, creature-focused thrills to theaters. Directed by Joe Johnston–who would go on to get his own crack at the dinosaur franchise a few years down the road–the Robin Williams-led adventure occupies that rare subset of oft-replayed, worn-down VHS tapes from childhood that one might be hesitant to revisit for fear of the nostalgic charm wearing off. In many ways, the set-up of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may quell some trepidation in this regard.

Functioning as a sequel rather than a reboot, there’s gratefully no CGI recreation of Robin Williams (in fact, only a brief reference), an altogether different setting as we go into the game rather than vice versa, and more modern concerns in virtually every aspect (Yes, “yaaass queen” is uttered during an action scene
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review: A Risque, Hilarious Adventure

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review: A Risque, Hilarious Adventure
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a serviceable sequel with a surprising amount of risqu&#233 content. The primary gag is that horny, self-centered teenagers are turned into adult characters; who are complete physical opposites. The sexual innuendo is the thrust of all the humor, with the adventure aspect playing a distant second fiddle. I thought the film was hilarious, but certainly didn't capture the wonder of the original. It's hard to surpass Robin Williams. His Alan Parrish gets a slight nod, but not much else.

Four stereotypical high school teens are stuck, for various reasons, in detention. Assigned to clean out an old warehouse, they come upon a dusty old video game system on a shelf. When the teens start to play, they are magically drawn into the game and transformed into their selected avatars. Shy nerd Spencer (Alex Wolff) becomes muscled explorer, Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson). Football jock
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle review

The new Jumanji film is a very pleasant surprise. Here's our review...

90s nostalgia culture is upon us and, like it or not, one of the first targets of this new era is family adventure movie Jumanji. It’s a tricky one to get right even disregarding the pressure to do right by the late Robin Williams, but Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle manages to deliver two hours that are way more fun and inventive than they needed to be.

When ‘nerd’ Spencer (Alex Wolff), ‘jock’ Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), ‘princess’ Bethany (Madison Iseman) and ‘weirdo’ Martha (Morgan Turner) are all given detention, they discover an old games console in the school basement. Eager to avoid the actual job at hand (endlessly removing staples from old magazines), they turn it on to find old 90s video game, Jumanji.

Choosing their characters - Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle receives positive first reactions

In this climate of remakes, reboots, and exhaustive franchises, there was one film that appeared to be about as welcome as a lump of coal at Christmas, and that was the follow-up to 1995 Robin Williams family flick Jumanji. Only this time it would transfer the board game to the video screen, and star the omni-present Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, rather than the late, great Williams.

Well, it seems we needed to pack our cynicism away, because from initial early screening reactions, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle appears to be a winner.

Was expecting the worst but have to admit the new #Jumanji movie is a lot of fun. I’d even say it is one of the best “video game movies” ever made, maybe under only King of Kong, Scott Pilgrim, Edge of Tomorrow & Wreck It Ralph (none of which are adaptations).

Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 27, 2017

Happy to say
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Watch three new clips from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Following a batch of character posters [check them out here], three new clips have arrived online for the upcoming fantasy adventure sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ahead of its release next month; watch them here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle here

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle gets five new character posters

With a little over a month to go until the release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, another batch of character posters have arrived online for the fantasy adventure sequel featuring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle here

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives,
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Jumanji 2 Character Posters Welcome 4 New Players to the Jungle

Jumanji 2 Character Posters Welcome 4 New Players to the Jungle
As we get closer and closer to the December 20 release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Sony Pictures has unveiled new character posters, which feature the four main stars of the movie. These one-sheets give us a closer look at Dwayne Johnson's Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Kevin Hart's Moose Finbar, Jack Black's Professor Shelly Oberon and Karen Gillan's Ruby Roundhouse. These posters also offer a glimpse at the mysterious jungle this gang must survive, including rhinos chasing down Moose, the cave Shelly must explore, and a mysterious mountain in the shape of a jungle cat.

The last Jumanji poster dropped in September, courtesy of The Rock himself, featuring all four main characters up to their noses in water. Next to Moose Finbar is an unexpected threat, a deadly alligator, who is eyeing Moose as his next meal. That one-sheet surfaced just after the second Jumanji trailer debuted,
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Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan featured on new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle posters

With Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle set to arrive in cinemas next month, Sony has released four character posters for the fantasy adventure sequel featuring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan; check them out below along with a new one-sheet…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle here

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives,
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Movie Review – My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer, 2017.

Written and Directed by Marc Meyers.

Starring Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts, Liam Koeth, Tommy Nelson, Harrison Holzer, Vincent Kartheiser, Cameron McKendry, Miles Robbins, and Anne Heche.

Synopsis:

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Not even 10 minutes into My Friend Dahmer (written and directed by Marc Meyers, also based on the graphic novel by Dahmer’s real-life high school buddy and fellow band mate Derf Backderf played by Alex Wolff here) the sociopathic and downright chillingly psychotic Jeffrey Dahmer is seen mimicking the abnormal movements and voice of an interior decorator suffering from cerebral palsy. He then goes out to a wooden shed nearby his house to dissolve dead animals into acid to study their insides and bone structure. For most portraits of infamous serial killers, that would be the money shot, but this analyzation of the broken home-raised, oddball social outcast
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Marc Meyers – Director of My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer screens Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Director Marc Meyers will be in attendance. . Ticket information can be found Here.

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf — who was a teenage friend of the nascent serial killer and nearly became his first human victim — My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man, the monster — and the high-school senior. Ross Lynch portrays Dahmer in a performance that Paper Magazine describes as “haunted, sad, scary, and unforgettable,” and the exceptional cast includes Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts,
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'My Friend Dahmer': From Graphic Novel to Chilling New Film

'My Friend Dahmer': From Graphic Novel to Chilling New Film
In 2013, filmmaker Marc Meyers took a trip to Bath, Ohio, to visit the suburb where serial killer Jeffery Dahmer spent his formative years. Several months earlier, Meyers had optioned the graphic novel My Friend Dahmer – a memoir by cartoonist Derf Backderf about his brief but intense high-school friendship with the man who would become known as the Milwaukee Cannibal – and he was figuring out how to adapt it into a film. "[Derf] said, 'You're welcome to come by for a couple days and I'll show you around where I grew up,
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'My Friend Dahmer' Star Ross Lynch on Leaving Disney Channel to Play a Serial Killer (Exclusive)

'My Friend Dahmer' Star Ross Lynch on Leaving Disney Channel to Play a Serial Killer (Exclusive)
Ross Lynch just returned home to L.A. after a six-week tour of Europe with R5, the pop-rock family band he formed with his two older brothers, his little sister and a childhood friend. The band's star has been on the rise since Lynch broke out as a tween star on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally and in the Teen Beach Movie franchise. Now 21, Lynch is promoting his first movie since his contract with the Mouse House ended: My Friend Dahmer, out now. Lynch plays the infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, as a high school outcast in the years before he would commit his first murder and go on to kill and sometimes cannibalize 16 other men from the late '70s to the early '90s. Lynch wasn't born until 1995, though, a year after Dahmer's death, so he had no idea who Dahmer was until receiving the script.

"When the script came to me, they were like, 'Hey
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A Guide to the Serial Killers (and Infamous Murderers) Taking Over Film and TV

From Jack the Ripper to John Wayne Gacy to Aileen Wuornos, the horrific legacies of serial killers have managed to both appall and intrigue, as people attempt to explore and understand the darkest depths of the human psyche. Hollywood has mined this territory for years, with dozens of scripted true-crime movies and TV series exploring the “why” of those who snap.

But why are we so obsessed? Alex Wolff, who stars in the new movie My Friend Dahmer, about the high school years of the notorious mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, has a theory. “People are interested in seeing how things happen and maybe finding out what things could be different,” he tells Et. “Like, what is it about him that’s so different from me, or my next-door neighbor who seems a little bit off? That’s why people are interested in seeing the birth of things like this -- for their own comfort, for their own life
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Alex Wolff Explores Contradictions of ‘My Friend Dahmer’ (Exclusive)

Alex Wolff Explores Contradictions of ‘My Friend Dahmer’ (Exclusive)
High school is a time when even the most centered people struggle with the turbulent nature of four years’ worth of emotional friendships, raging hormones and impending adulthood. And for those whose impulses are much darker -- like the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer -- it can be ground zero for what’s yet to come.

The new film My Friend Dahmer, which is in theaters on Nov. 3, explores the genesis of Dahmer’s desires through the prism of high school and the viewpoint of his friend, John “Derf” Backderf, who would grow up to write the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name on which the film is based. Alex Wolff, who steps into Derf’s shoes, tells Et the script thrilled him from the start because of its dual nature.

“I was intrigued by the fact that it was about friendship in the 1970s while also tackling this serial killer narrative,” he says. “It’s
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