Now this is how you do a reboot. Give it enough time so cinema goers have a warm and fuzzy nostalgic feel from the original and then build extra humour and relevance amid wise casting choices. Bring the storyline up to date with the inclusion of some popular technology and you are up and running.
Carrying the film on his more than broad shoulders, Dwayne Johnson taps into his comic bag of tricks and more than delivers. He has to deliver too because all of the main characters are hilarious as they riff off the differences between hero and geek and even man and woman and then consistently generate laughs.
Updating the storyline from a board game background to a video game brought to life pays dividends as it allows characters to have extra powers and multiple lives. These powers add humour and the extra lives’ help generate tension. The advancement of CGI technology is also used to advantage.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the kind of movie that you can leave the cares of the big bad world outside for a few hours and simply get lost with a film that just works.