Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) and itís predecessors.

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Jumanji: The Next Level and itís predecessors.

The Jumanji franchise is based on two books by Van Allsburg, Jumanji (1981) and its sequel Zathura (2002), which in resulted in four theatrical films, Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). An animated television series aired from 1996 to 1999. The first Jumanji film received mixed reviews from critics, while Zathura: A Space Adventure and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle received generally positive reviews. The films have collectively grossed $1.2 billion to date.

Jumanji the Movie 1995

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

Director: Joe Johnston

Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt

IMDB User rating 7/10

Metascore (Critics Rating) 3.9/10

Empire 6/10

On a scene by scene basis, it is mostly great fun but suffers from a contrived script which repetitively drags characters back to the eponymous magical board game for another effect-producing throw of the dice.

$65m Budget Box Office $263m

Zathura: A Space adventure (2005)

Plot: Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard

IMDB User Rating 6.1/10

Metascore (Critics) Rating 6.7/10

Variety Justin Chang 7/10

Its unwieldy title notwithstanding, Zathura: A Space Adventure is arguably the best adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg book to date.

$65m Budget Box Office $64m

Jumanji: The animated series (1996Ė1999)

40 Episodes over 3 seasons

Sister and brother Judy and Peter move to a new house with Aunt Nora. In the attic, they find an unusual board-game, Jumanji. When they play, a rhyming quiz appears, and they're sucked into the bizarre world of Jumanji, where they have to solve the riddle in order to win the game.

IMDB User rating 6.3/10


Op_Prime wrote on 2 August 2000
Loosely based on the movie of the same name, this series has Judy and Peter stumble onto the game and find Alan trapped inside. As the episodes went on, the trio ventured to various and creative places, as well as encountering some delightful supporting characters. This show had an interesting charm to it, similar to the movie.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart |

User Rating 6.9/10


Studio AT gave it 7/10
The original 'Jumanji' starring the much missed Robin Williams was so beloved by so many, that I was sceptical about this film when it came out.

Thankfully the original is both name checked and the spirit of it very much maintained in this fun sequel, that boasts some big action sequences and laughs along the way.

I liked how tongue in cheek it all was also, with all the main cast clearly having the time of their lives.


Metascore (Critics Rating) 5.8/10

The Guardians Peter Bradshaw 6/10

Itís a likeable film which borrows liberally from everything and everyone, and if itís put together by numbers, well, then it is done capably enough.

$150m Budget. $962m Box Office.

And onto the latest in the franchise.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Plot: In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Danny De Vito

IMDB User rating 7.1/10

SB Weightman 7/10 wrote A good sequel, but not enough originality to stand out.

A serviceable sequel that does what it sets out to do, but suffers from a lack of truly original ideas. It's another thrilling adventure filled with action, humour and mishaps, but a lot of the jokes are the same, the plot is nothing special and much of the novelty is lacking this time around. It's a bit slow to get going, but it is entertaining and fun and has its heart in the right place. There are plenty of new scenes and scenery and the visual effects and actions scenes are great to watch, the new characters are well implemented and the acting is good as well.

MGN Movie Review. Any Good?

Being a big fan of the original Robin Williams movie and its sequel Zathura. The revamped story has not met the heights in my opinion either with this or its 2017 predecessor.

I like them and as an action adventure movie ďThe Next LevelĒ does the job in a similar way to ďWelcome to the JungleĒ. Rating wise there is not much between them and if you are a fan of the 2017 film then this should be ok for you.

Perhaps too verbal without being overly funny, I wanted more action scenes, which is odd as Iím not a fan of action films, I like a story but this is more of the same with its plot and a few more CGI action scenes would have been very welcome.

Itís ok but just left me wanting to go back and enjoy the 1995 and 2005 originals.

MGN Rating 6.5/10

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