Cert: PG Runtime: 104 mins Director: Joe Johnston Cast: Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst
This will not be an easy mission – monkeys slow the expedition
If you were a child in 1995 you were living in a cave if you had never seen Jumanji. JUMANJI begins with a 19th century expedition to bury a board game of unexplained origin. In 1969, young Alan happens to dig up the game and plays it. The relic materializes multitudes of hostile African animals, and Alan gets sucked into the jungle-world of the game. More than 25 years later two orphans (Bradley Pierce, Kirsten Dunst) move into Alan’s old house, find the game, and start playing, unleashing a fresh rampage of vicious beasts and Alan (Robin Williams). Alan is now a full-grown semi-wild man, being tracked by Van Pelt (Jonathan Hyde), a crazed, implacable, old-school safari hunter. The only way to return everything to normal is for the kids to continue playing the game to the end, even though each roll of the dice unleashes more attacking animals, from demonic bats to man-eating plants to a ghastly herd of giant spiders.
It’s a wonderful Sunday afternoon film, as a kid I was a bit scared of Jumanji but after watching it again the CGI is a bit crap. But for a 90’s film it’s ok, it’s no Jurassic Park. Like any kid Robin Williams was one of their favorite actors during the time. He isn’t as crazy in Jumanji as he is in Mrs.Doubtfire for example, which is a change. He does give more space for Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce to show their characters more. Jonathan Hyde is the best villain in a kids film you could ever have, I hated that man for years. Technically it’s not the greatest film ever, but it’s a good reminder of your childhood.