Jumanji (1995)

 

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‘Jumanji: a game for those who seek to find, a way to leave their world behind.’

Joe Johnston directed this American fantasy adventure about young Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd) gets sucked into a board game in the 1960s that he plays with his friend Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy). The adult Alan (Robin Williams) returns from the game when a brother and sister Peter and Judy Shepherd (played by Bradley Pierce and Kirsten Dunst) find the game 26 years later. They must finish the game and reverse the chaos Jumanji has caused.

This film is an absolute favourite of mine but when I first watched it as a young child and being scared of it. I rewatched it recently as a grown up and is somewhat significant since there has been an updated Jumanji film out.

It is purely 104 minutes of escapism. It doesn’t matter that the effects are outdated or that there are plot holes such as the origins of the game because its just fun to watch although it has a hint of sadness as Robin Williams died a few years ago. The alternative timeline is interesting and poignant. Its also amusing to see Bebe Neauwirth playing the children’s aunt as I  am so used to seeing her as Lilith Sternin in Frasier. 

An added bit of trivia is that Jumanji translates as ‘many effects.’

My rating: 5/5

‘There is a lesson you will learn, sometimes you must go back a turn’

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