Jumanji 2: The Next Level Review

Andrew Grant, Staff Writer

“Jumanji 2: The Next Level” is a worthy sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, featuring the same cast of teenagers from the first film, now a tad bit older. Though it copies a lot from the first film, which can leave a little more to be desired, the comedy is still there and can be understood by kids and adults alike.

The kids from the first film have aged since we had last seen them. Two of them are in college and have moved away from their town in Brantford, New Hampshire to pursue their careers as growing adults. 

This leaves room for new conflicts as the transition from confused teenagers to questioning young adults takes place. The main character, Spencer, has the same conflict as the first film, feeling insecure about himself. Though the first film’s reasoning for this is his best friend turned out to be a super jock type. Now, he feels isolated from his friends and girlfriend and thinks he has nothing truly left to be desired.

There are also two new characters in this film, portrayed by “Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Danny Devito, and Danny Glover of the “Lethal Weapon” fame. They have the best character arcs in the entire movie.

The other characters leave so much more room for improvement, and so much potential is there to create more concrete characters. Yet, the movie falls short, cashing in on too many similar ideas from the first film. 

Of course, this movie is tied in with the “haunted video game” that is Jumanji. The characters in the game are portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, who all reprise their roles beautifully just as they did in the first movie. 

The first half of the movie when they are booted into the game is definitely the funniest part Dwayne Johnson is being played by Danny Devito’s character who has no clue what’s going on and can’t understand they’re in a video game. Also, the accent The Rock tries to give to impersonate Devito is so hilariously awful that a chuckle is often needed. 

Kevin Hart is played by Danny Glover’s character, who honestly does the best job of his impression of Glover in real life, talking as if time was of no importance to him whatsoever. Slower than a sloth, and never really got to the point until it was way too late. Which caused viewers to shake their fist at the character because it caused a few deaths in the movie.

Overall this film isn’t really anything to write home about and seems like so much of a cash grab it’s almost thrown into your face. But that doesn’t mean it’s entirely bad, it’s the kind of movie someone would turn on a year after it aired on the television just because nothing else was really on. However, they’d still get quite a laugh out of the almost slapstick-like humor in it.

I give this movie a 6/10.