Classics: Jumanji (1995) A Review

This used to be one of my favourite films when I was a kid.  And it still makes me laugh every time I watch it.


DIRECTOR: Joe Johnston

STARRING:  Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt

SCREENPLAY:  Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay by), Greg Taylor

GENRE:  Adventure/Comedy

RUNTIME:  104 Minutes

★★★★ 4 Stars

Every child of a certain age has seen this film, and kind of wanted to be able to play the game themselves.  So for the sake of nostalgia, and because ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’  comes out next month, this was the film I decided to spend my Sunday afternoon with.  And it was an absolute joy.

In 1967, Allan Parrish and his friend Sarah, start to play a game. A game with drums and terrifying consequences.  An unlucky dice role gets him sent to the jungles of ‘Jumanji’ for 27 years, until another pair of kids Judy and Peter starts playing the game. Reluctantly he agrees to help them and chaos quickly takes over their small town as the game releases more and more jungle inhabitants.

Yes, the CG may be terrible and the animals may be stuffed or animatronic, but that really is part of it’s charm.  So often great movies that you remember from your childhood are never as good as you think they were.  This is not one of those films.  The scary bits are just as scary, the funny bits just as funny.  Though watching it now I definitely think that some of the darker parts of this film are certainly not for younger kids.  So do bare that in mind.  It’s newer remake is definitely more kid friendly.

This film has aged surprisingly well, considering that I was only six when this film came out and I can still get enjoyment out of it now is really impressive.  I don’t watch in and roll my eyes about how out of date the effects are or how the setting is so ridiculously old.  Instead it just feels nostalgic instead of dated.

The acting of our four main characters is amazing, in comparison though the performances of young Allan and Sarah are much less convincing. But it can be forgiven, they are in the film for all of about 20 mins so they are quickly forgottenA great trip down memory lane, I would definitely recommend for anyone with slightly older kids or who just loved the film when they were younger.   


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