Jumanji (1995)

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Jumanji (1995)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Cast: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt

Storyline:

When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported–before the startled eyes of his friend Sarah–into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan reunites with Sarah and, together with Judy and Peter, tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces.

One review

  • Watched this on TV where it was aired as a tribute to the late Robin Williams. It’s an enjoyable family-entertainment fantasy adventure with Williams playing a grown man who as a boy was sucked into a mysterious, dark board game called Jumanji, freed years later by a couple of young children who happen upon the game when they move into Williams’s character by this time run-down house. Along with Williams also fully-grown girl friend of the time Kirsten Dunst, the four of them brave everything the game throws at them to finish it and free Williams to return to his old life.

    And does the game throw everything at them! Crazy monkeys, a roaring lion, a jungle which comes to life, hordes of stampeding elephants zebras and rhinos and one very persistent big game hunter. A veritable special effects fest, while the plot amounts to no more than awaiting the outcome of the next roll of the dice on the board, it all makes for good clean exciting fun and who amongst us as never enjoyed playing a board game as a child. The back stories about Williams being bullied as a child, having a fractious relationship with his dad and his adult wooing of Dunst are lightly drawn but all of course resolved happily ever after by the end.

    Williams is fine after he makes his delayed first appearance, portraying yet again a child trapped in a man’s body just as he did in a line going back through Peter Pan in “Hook”, “Popeye” all the way to his breakout part in “Mork and Mindy”. Dunst offers good support and the kids aren’t too gauche and sentimental either. Nice to see “Cheers” Bebe Neuwirth get a decent part too.

    I wouldn’t call it Robin Williams defining role but as an update on the old children’s matinĂ©e features, this was an entertaining feature made the better by Williams engaging performance.

    R.I.P. to him.

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