I was scared they’d somehow screw up the sequel to the “reboot” they did which i free downloaded the full movie off course, but I was greatly surprise at the new elements they added: the grandpa’s subplot and the way it was executed and their contribution to the jumanji gaming experience (they were both hilarious); and all the new additions felt exactly how a sequel to a 90s sequel game would feel like: new abilities and weapons and scenery (or the would-be “levels” of the game) they still felt like they’d actually be levels of a game! It’s exactly what I hoped they’d add on because that’s the kind of thing the first movie did, it tried to work with the stereotypes and elements found in those good old adventure games like Tomb Raider.
I also liked that they brought back the WHOLE gang, the reason why movies like this where the most logical thing would be to make it anthologic, that is, with different kids experiencing the game; so when they try to use the same characters that supposedly learned something from their past experience in it, is a recipe for disaster because it’s hard to bring all the gang together without it being forced. But i liked the way they did it, it felt controlled and fulfilling in the end.
In conclusion, it was a funny, entertaining and creative action adventure movie, it’s not gonna win any Oscars but it’s so wrll thought of that it’s a delight to watch and I feel it never grows old, you can re-watch it online on Filmxy and enjoy it all over again.
To be honest, I don’t have high expectation for the sequel but turns out it is exceeded all of my expectations.
Jumanji: The Next Level added new character, skills, and jokes for all of us. I could hear the audiences in the cinema laugh on the jokes and enjoy it as much as my boyfriend and I enjoyed it. Yeah, I have to admit there were some repeated patterns from the first one but along the way they also added several stuffs which brought fresh air to the whole movie.
Also, I think the sequel conveyed deeper messages than the first one, potrayed by the characters problem in it, in which we can related to our real life. Lesson I got from this sequel: Sometimes you will hit the end but it doesn’t mean it is over. It means, all you have to do is living the present and look it with different perspectives.
From the plot of the story, it kinds of light and predictable, but hey, it is a decent sequel you can enjoy with your family. Side notes: They had after credits scene, it might hints about the potential third movie of Jumanji.