Movie Review: Jumanji The Next Level

As the year-end approached, I was on the lookout to continue our tradition of watching a movie on the first day of the year. This has been going on for the last 3 years - started with Dangal, followed by Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and then Simmba last year. I was aware of the sequel of Jumanji being released - Jumanji: The Next Level and quickly checked out the availability of tickets. To my surprise, the tickets were easily available for IMAX 3D as well as 4DX. Since I never had watched a full movie in a 4D environment, I decided to give it a shot.

I was thrilled by the original Jumanji and the next one. Both were done very nicely keeping the audience engaged at every moment and I was hoping to have a similar experience for this movie as well. Additionally, there was excitement for the 4D aspect as well. 

The plot of the movie is pretty much the same as that of the last two movies. However, this one is more predictable. Since the time they have introduced the video game aspect in the last version, it continues in this one as well and there are no surprises there. Many of the turns and twists were predictable even to my 12 yo and that kind of fails the movie. 

With some character changes, the movie tries to keep the interest of the audience but fails miserably. The only consolation is the acting by Danny DeVito (Spensers Grandfather) and Kevin Hart (as Zoologist). Both of them have played their roles very well.

Overall: Okay for a one-time watch.

I should also add a note about the 4D experience since I was looking forward to it. I must say I am disappointed. At least by what PVR Cinema offered. Out of the special effects promised (wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain, and scents), I could experience only wind and some lightening in addition to motion. There were opportunities in the movie plot to give the audience the feel of water, rain, and fog, but were missing. On top of it, the seat motion was not in line with what was happening on the screen and was monotonous. After coming out of the theatre, I was left with the feeling that it would have been better to watch this movie on a 3D screen rather than 4D.


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