Hello everyone and welcome to Throwback Thursday, where every Thursday I’ll be posting a review of an older but noteworthy film. This week’s pick goes to a childhood favourite, so in this review you must wait, until the dice read 5 or 8….or you could just read the damn thing like a normal person. Enjoy, Jumanji.
Released in 1995, starring the late Robin Williams, the film was directed by Joe Johnston (director of Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger). The story is based on a children’s book of the same name written in 1981 by Chris Van Allsburg (who also wrote The Polar Express).
Beginning in the year 1869, two brothers bury a dark and mysterious chest while the sound of tribal drums beat from within. One century later a young boy named Alan Parrish hears the sound of those same drums as he passes by a construction site and uncovers what was buried so long ago. The board game of Jumanji is released upon the world once more, for Alan soon realises why he found the game hidden as he did.
Jumanji definitely has a few surprises and laughs. It makes a great family flick, full of fun and adventure as Alan and friends race to finish the game to end Jumanji’s jungle themed consequences. Most of you who read this review will likely have seen it but if you haven’t, do yourself a favour and watch it, especially if you’re planning on seeing the new adaption of the film, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, you won’t regret it.
I’ve seen things you’ve only seen in your nightmares…Afraid? You don’t even know what afraid is.
– Alan Parrish
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Glenn Stuart Tucker