This latest ’80s – ’90s thing getting a revival? Jumanji! The ’95 Robin Williams movie about a board game come to life is getting a creative overhaul present day — Jumanji is now an old video game, and instead of taking over the world, it just sucks in the four high schoolers who happen to find it.
The quartet discover the game when cleaning out a storage basement at their school. Being in detention, they’re doing the natural teenager thing and looking for a way to escape. Be careful what you wish for happens, and into the game they go!
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will run all the way with the video game angle, playing around with tropes and identities. The kids end up in the bodies of the characters they selected — the football player becomes the much smaller Kevin Hart, the nerdy kid becomes Dwayne Johnson, the studious girl become Karen Gillan (as a stereotypical impractically dressed female video game character), and the popular girl becomes Jack Black, eager to show off his acting range.
Nick Jonas is also in the movie as another character in the game — maybe he’s there as the Robin Williams-like figure who’s been stuck in the game for a while? Could be — the movie isn’t a sequel, but there will be some nods to the original, including a reference to Williams’ character, Alan Parrish.
There’s plenty of jungle action and a really gnarly hippo episode at the end, but considering this is a movie about high schoolers who suddenly have to confront identity in a very unexpected way, it’s safe to say we’re in for another coming of age tale. I hear the jungle builds character!