Discuss Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The more I hear about the plot, the more I believe the entire movie has very little to do with the original and is just a namesake to draw in the recent booming 90's nostalgia market.

Will this be set in the same Jungle that Alan Parish spent his 26 years? Will there be any mention of the original characters? If the movie acknowledges the original, how will they explain the transition from board game to video game?

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@John1990 said:

The more I hear about the plot, the more I believe the entire movie has very little to do with the original and is just a namesake to draw in the recent booming 90's nostalgia market.

Will this be set in the same Jungle that Alan Parish spent his 26 years? Will there be any mention of the original characters? If the movie acknowledges the original, how will they explain the transition from board game to video game?

I agree that they are basically just using the Jumanji name to attract viewers. It's what a lot of sequels/reboots are doing today. Also, according to Wikipedia, which I know isn't a very reliable source, Robin William's character from the original is supposed to be referenced.

Definitly a nostalgia play... to be honest, i dont see the appeal... kids today dont know of it and the ones old enough barely go to the cinema...

Alan Parrish is mentioned and the game was found were it was left in the last movie. So it does exist in the same universe, and the transition from board game to video game is somewhat explained.

@Innovator said:

Alan Parrish is mentioned and the game was found were it was left in the last movie. So it does exist in the same universe, and the transition from board game to video game is somewhat explained.

Plus kids now wouldn't know what a board game was if you hit them with one

@Renovatio said:

Definitly a nostalgia play... to be honest, i dont see the appeal... kids today dont know of it and the ones old enough barely go to the cinema...

I was going to say that the ones who are old enough wouldn't enjoy it because it's directed towards kids. But, then I remembered the preponderance of superhero movies and recognized that maybe there is a generation that had their intellectual development halted at the frat boy stage of development, so we have a lot of of adult frat boys running around...

@Geff said:

@Renovatio said:

Definitly a nostalgia play... to be honest, i dont see the appeal... kids today dont know of it and the ones old enough barely go to the cinema...

I was going to say that the ones who are old enough wouldn't enjoy it because it's directed towards kids. But, then I remembered the preponderance of superhero movies and recognized that maybe there is a generation that had their intellectual development halted at the frat boy stage of development, so we have a lot of of adult frat boys running around...

This movie plays on tropes found in video games, and very successfully at that. Plus, it's fun as well as funny. Jack Black's performance is a hoot, and so was Karen Gillan's. I can understand if video games aren't your thing, you probably won't find any humor in this movie. I for one have worked in the video game industry for over 10 years (and have worked on computer games and programs used in college curriculum and huge companies along with hospitals and the police use to train their employees), there was a lot in this movie I found hilarious. However you seem think artistic people with degrees in art and computer programming are just intellectually stunted adult frat boys, well that I find offensive.

Edge of Tomorrow did the video game trope of respawning and replaying a level over and over again until it's mastered... It was done in a very compelling way, with the emotional impact it has on the main characters explored...

@Renovatio said:

Edge of Tomorrow did the video game trope of respawning and replaying a level over and over again until it's mastered... It was done in a very compelling way, with the emotional impact it has on the main characters explored...

Edge of Tomorrow played on one trope...that could easily be linked more to Groundhog Day than video games. J:WttJ played with dialogue trees of NPCs running out, game mechanic exploits, role-playing avatars, how quest systems work, RPG game skill systems, and so much more. It was a love letter to video games from the 90s, while at the same time having fun with their idiosyncrasies.