I see what they’re trying to do with Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but for the life of me I’m not entirely sure why (other than a studio banking on nostalgia and an establised iP, that is). I haven’t seen Joe Johnston’s 1995 Jumanji, which I assume this movie is a reboot of, in awhile but this feels so…excessive.
And perhaps that approach is warranted, since the movie is revolving around a video game system, as opposed to the board games of the prior movies.
Though Jumanji–and it’s sequel of sorts, Zathura–felt like relatively small affairs when all is said and done, while the reboot feels massive and lacking the intimacy–and perhaps the heart–of those earlier films.
And while I know that Sony has a deal in place to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios that deal likely does not extend to this movie.
Here’s a closeup of the above poster…