It’s hard to believe that a sequel to Jumanji made over $950 million dollars just two years ago. With likable stars attached, including Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, and a new concept that worked, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became a box office smash. With word of mouth that helped keep its legs at the box office through the holidays, it was inevitable that a sequel would be fast-tracked. Like a video game sequel (which is what Jumanji is nowadays), Jumanji: The Next Level is here with a concept of being bigger in terms of scope and characters – just like most sequels to video games. Does it work as another entertaining action adventure? Yes, it does. But does it reach or surpass the score level of its predecessor? Not exactly, but that’s fine.
In the past few years, there have been a solid mix of well-written comedies and the cliche and lazy comedies. Director Malcom D. Lee delivered us Girls Trip in 2017, a refreshing and genuinely funny film. When we found out he was directing a comedy with Kevin Hart in the lead role, it was difficult not to be excited. Could he go back to back years with smash hit comedies? As awesome as that would have been, unfortunately Night School falls short (not a diss on Kevin Hart….or is it?) and isn’t anywhere near the level of Girls trip. Read more
We have reached the pinnacle age of Hollywood, and by that I mean we have literally run out of ideas. Or so it seems anyways. Everything is about churning out the biggest blockbuster for box office profits, or quickly rushing a sequel within the next year or two. In the coming ages, the 2010s shall be known as the blockbuster reboot era. That was many peoples fears when the Jumanji reboot was announced a couple years ago. While not a full 100% reboot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a standalone sequel to the beloved 90s children film. It’s a fun watch and a good time if you don’t look too closely. Read more