Review: Jumanji: The Next Level- official trailer
By Hannah Smith
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In 2017, we were ‘welcomed to the jungle’ in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but now we are taking it to the ‘next level’ when Jumanji: The Next Level is released in cinemas in December 2019.
The trailer for the sequel for the contemporary Jumanji remake has finally dropped; we see the same characters being whisked away to the same digital universe.
However, there is one slight difference.
Not everyone is the same.
Spencer (portrayed by Alex Wolff) meddles with the game cartridge that he and his friends used to transport themselves into Jumanji.
As one would expect (if they had seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) Spencer would become Dr. Bravestone; Bethany (Madison Iseman) would become Professor Oberon (Jack Black); Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) would become Franklin Finbar (Kevin Hart); Martha (Morgan Turner) would become Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan).
Unfortunately, not everything goes to plan when they enter Jumanji for the second time.
Instead, Danny DeVito’s character Eddie Gilpin, Spencer’s grandfather, becomes Dr Bravestone; Danny Glover’s character Milo Walker, Eddie Gilpin’s friend, becomes Franklin Finbar. Martha becomes Ruby Roundhouse once again. Fridge, this time, becomes Professor Oberon.
The trailer doesn’t show us who Spencer transformed into.
Nor does it show if Bethany got transported into the game, and if she did, what character she became.
Personally, I don’t know if I’ll like it. It is clear that the equilibrium has certainly been disrupted. I want the same characters of the original remake to be reunited, as the first thing that the trailer makes clear is that Spencer has become distant from Martha, Fridge and Bethany, and that he doesn’t talk to them as often.
Despite this, I am looking forward to the comedic aspect that Danny DeVito’s and Danny Glover’s characters will bring. Hopefully, it will be a breath of fresh air that won’t become boring if overdone.
In addition to this, during a montage of all of the excitement that we are promised, we see a brief clip of Nick Jonas as Jefferson McDonough as well as Awkwafina.
I get the impression that the sequel will be more focused on Ruby Roundhouse and the comedic relationship between Eddie Gilpin and Milo Walker as their characters.
Do you think this sequel will flop or fly? Or perhaps you think that there shouldn’t have been a modern remake at all? Tell me what you think in the comments section below or get in touch on social: