Jumanji (1995)

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With the release of the ‘remake’ or ‘ sequel’ (whatever you want to call it) I decided to take a closer look at the original story that made everyone’s childhoods a little more fun!

Jumanji is about a magical board game that has the ability to bring to life some jungle dangers and …. WHO AM I KIDDING. We all know the film like the back of ours hands.

Robin Williams is not only a versatile actor with buckets full of talent he’s an icon and every role I’ve ever seen him in he completely owns.

However, my favourite character was Karl. The ultimate scene is when he lets out a sissy girl scream while his police car gets eaten by a flesh eating planet. Classic Karl.

He provides a lot of comic relief but his character also has a lot of purpose which is something that’s often lost on more recent movies. There seems to be disposable characters who bring nothing more than a few giggles here and there – but not our Karl! He’s got oodles of meaning that’s for sure!

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It’s a classic tale of a proud, hard faced father who finds it hard to express love to his son! It brings a tear at the end when Robin releases that his dad is just tying to do what’s best for him.I love the way his father also plays the villain it provides a much deeper meaning.

Robin Williams will always be the master of making a movie hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.

It’s got lots of imagination – which at times was a little spooky.

Whilst I was doing some research for my review I discovered that when this movie actually came out it was under scrutiny for being too terrifying for kiddies! Which seems absolutely bonkers considering the PG movies being released in this day and age. I MEAN HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN CORALINE? I don’t think it would’ve slept for months if I’d seen that when I was small.

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It really is probably one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen, you literally get sucked in (I couldn’t resist writing that). I love the idea, the acting, the crappy look of the monkeys and that’s something that will never change.

I also have to mention that bloody lion. He literally looks like something picked from the stuffed animals section of Toys R Us.

8/10 – A timeless family movie that’s as great now as it was 22 years ago.

P.s The new film is sooo much fun. Probably one of the silliest, stupid movies I’ve seen this year – but I loved every minute.

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