Jumanji is Back and More Dangerous Than Ever!

Get ready to take care of that jungle fever, because we're back in to the wild and adventurous world of Jumanji! Matt Tolmach Productions, along with Radar Pictures and Seven Bucks Productions, have just produced the trailer for the upcoming Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle. Much like the first 1995 version of the movie, it is based around a game. Except this time, the players are the ones being sucked into the game itself. With actors such as the strong and bold Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, along with some of the funniest of the bunch, comedian Kevin Hart and Jack Black, they are prepared to take us on a new and action-packed adventure.

When comparing the two trailers together, it's clear to see that Jumanji 2 is prepared to put a twist on the classic make of the movie. Rather than being as dramatic and austere as the first one, it is taking the humorous and thrilling route for its viewers. Through the 2017 trailer, the audience is given a sneak peak at what's in store for our time in the jungle. Four polar-opposite high school students are given a task to clear out a basement within their school when they come across an old video game. Can you guess what it is? That's right- Jumanji. After the students discover the game, they are then transformed into the characters of their choosing and are now in the virtual world themselves. We are shown glimpses of the trials and tests they are put through; from fighting their way through stampedes, to trying to survive the peril of the jungle itself- all dangerous, yet thrilling!

When taking a look back to the original movie trailer, we see how creative the writers and producers at TriStar Pictures, Interscope Communications, and Teitler Film had to be at the time! The original trailer shows a young boy, Alan Parish (Adam Hann-Byrd),  discovering the old board game and inviting his friend, Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy), to partake in the activity with him. After rolling the first dice, he is then transported into the game and is not seen again until 26 years later when the game is played by two children; Judy and Peter Shepherd, played by Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce. The young boy is no longer the boy he was when he first entered the game. He is now much older, much too adapted to the jungle, and back to finish what he started. Little Alan Parish, is not only wiser, but he is now being played by our beloved and late Robin Williams. The characters, rather than being inserted into the game itself, they are, instead, trying to fight for their lives as the threats and horrors have taken themselves out of the game and into the real world. The viewers are also able to get a brief look of these characters tests and dangers they are faced with in this older, yet adored version of the film.

It is quite interesting, based off the two trailers, to see two different interpretations of the same idea. How we go from board games to video games, and how the fears and dangers of one time hardly compare to that of another. The modernization the producers of the upcoming film use is already receiving much praise and admiration. Of course modernizing and  revamping older movies tends to bring with it success, it's always fascinating to see exactly how they plan on taking out the task. Many people also remember the 2005 Zathura: A Space Adventure film as being the first "remake" of Jumanji. This movie involves two brothers, Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo), discovering a board game that takes them on a astronomical journey, rather than a ferocious one. However, despite the success of Hutcherson's and Bobo's breathtaking expedition through the cosmos, it is going to be utterly alluring to see a true rendition of the original game.

The venerated 1995 original version of the movie, who starred our cherished Williams, was a complete success; achieving a $262.8 million box office results on just a $65 million budget! Despite it's mixed reviews, the film had its share of successes behind the scenes, and on. Jumanji also went on to be one of William's most memorable movies. As we wait for the release of the new Jumanji 2 film, let's cross our fingers and hope that our next endeavor into the wild will be just as exciting, adventurous, and audacious as our first run 22 years ago.

-Kayla Steward
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