Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #335 Jumanji

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Movie #335 Jumanji

(1995, US, d. Joe Johnston)

I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about this movie. First off, lately I’ve been developing a sort of soft spot for these type of stories. These type of childhood mentality magical coming of age stories. Movies like Big, Zathura, Field of Dreams, and Jumanji. First off, this movie has an exhilarating logline: a board game turns horribly real when a few kids start playing, forcing the to continue the game and reach a happy ending or else… It’s this sort of wonderful logline that can drive great films. Loglines that we don’t have today anymore. Jumanji is a film of wonder and amazement and even terror. It tops every plot device off with the next one with just the right dose of humor and suspense, yet it all manages to still stay a part of the same story. With solid performance by a young Kirsten Dunst and an electric one by the always talented Robin Williams, Jumanji is the sort of film that will have you cheering, amazed, and riveted until the ending credits roll.

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