di Michele Motta
Remakes of successful films of the past are often inferior to the originals, but this is not the case of Jake Casdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. This sequel is set twenty-one years after the 1995 story in which some children are magically drawn into a table game that becomes a life-or-death competition. In the new film, the table game transforms itself into a video game and the players are teenagers who must interpret specific roles that are the exact opposite of their actual personalities. As in the first version, the youngsters fall into the game and immediately find themselves in a jungle, but they are now avatars with three lives each and realize that if they lose all three while they are being forced to play the game, they will not be able to return to the real world.
The spectator is fascinated by the rapid succession of events, the skillful use of special effects, and the intriguing representation of the special skills and weaknesses of each avatar. There are also some very enjoyable scenes in which the cast, led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, alternate between drama and humour. The participants in the game, through their different playable characters, a mysterious man they meet in the jungle and the experiences and dangers they encounter, have the opportunity to become more self-confident and see the world with new eyes.
It is a movie that tells a story with many different levels and lessons and one which I would certainly recommend to spectators of all ages.