Jumanji (1995) Movie Review


Jumanji (1995)

1995 | PG | Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Family
104 minutes /

User Score: 78/100

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Jumanji Review


When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Jumanji (1995) is a 1h 44-minute American family adventure fantasy film that was is an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg‘s 1981 children’s book titled, Jumanji. The movie had an estimated budget of $65 million and grossed over $262.8 million at the box office. Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Jurassic Park III (2001), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)) did a beautiful job executing this film, but I did not find it entertaining as my family did. I watched it a second time and saw what my family saw, an entertaining masterpiece that was made for families to enjoy together.

Jumanji revolves around 12-year-old Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd - The Morning After (2012-2013), BFD (Brain Food Daily) (2012), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)) who finds himself trapped in a board game. Alan was playing with his best friend Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy - Guiding Light (2000-2001), Anger Management (2013-2014), Dreamgirls (2006)) in 1969. Judy (Kirsten Dunst - Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Melancholia (2011)) and her brother Peter Shepherd found the game twenty-six years later and begin playing. Judy and Peter (Bradley Pierce - Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Borrowers (1997), Porco Rosso (1992)) unknowingly release Alan, who is now an adult. Adult Alan (Robin Williams - Good Will Hunting (1997), Dead Poets Society (1989), Aladdin (1992)) and, Judy and Peter decides to find Sarah so that they can finish the game which might reverse the destructions it has caused.

I was sad to see the state of Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) as she is not the same person she was when playing the game several years ago with Alan. Jumanji was full of entertainment, character, pizzazz, energy, and is a movie that kept my littles ones from running around. My entire family was entertained from the beginning to the ending and wanted more. All of the actors, young and old gave us incredible performances, but nothing beats seeing the animals. The sound, cinematography, editing, and sets were fantastic. Jumanji is a movie that we have seen many times since 2004 and will continue watching.

About Jumanji 1995

Title: Jumanji
Year: 1995
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.85/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Frank Welker, Tom Woodruff Jr., Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson, Robin Williams, Peter Bryant, James Handy, Daniel Olsen, Bonnie Hunt, Lloyd Berry, Malcolm Stewart, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, Adam Hann-Byrd, Cyrus Thiedeke, Gary Joseph Thorup, Falko Schilling, David Szehi, Leonard Zola, Annabel Kershaw, Darryl Henriques, Robyn Driscoll, Bradley Pierce, Sarah Gilson, Florica Vlad, June Lion, Laura Bell Bundy, Brenda Lockmuller, Frederick Richardson
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg
Director: Joe Johnston

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