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The Old and the New: Jumanji

Joey Fitzgerald, Crown Writer

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The movie theater is always coming out with new films, and one of the newest movies out is Jumanji. This old movie is a classic, but now it has a new twist. Moviegoers may remember the original from 1995.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a brand new version and came out at the end of 2017. It is a new take on the old Jumanji we all know and love.

While it is not the same as the old Jumanji with Robin Williams we all know and love, the new one is right up there in quality. The old movie is based off a board game that comes to life, and it unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd. While exploring an old mansion, the kids find a curious, jungle-themed board game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish, who’s been stuck in the game’s inner jungle world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good, but that means a crazy adventure with giant bugs, wild monkeys and even stampeding rhinos. The new Jumanji is about four high school kids that discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that not only can the students just play Jumanji, but they must survive it to return back to the real world and go on the craziest adventure of their lives, discovering what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago.

Critics have viewed the movie as funny, hilarious, action-packed.  Molly Fitzgerald(9) saw the movie the first week it came out. “The movie was great to go see with my mom. It was really funny, and we had a blast. Even though this was not the original Jumanji, I thought it was the better of the two.” Fitzgerald(9) loves movies and will watch them whenever she gets the chance, especially funny ones.

The new movie is already a success after being out for just about month and releasing five days before Christmas, making it a perfect movie see over the holidays. Erica Walker(11) also saw the movie and enjoyed it,”It was very funny. I think it’s a good spin on an old classic, and I would recommend this movie to everyone.” The movie has proved to be a hit after making 36 million dollars in its opening weekend, and it made 767 million dollars worldwide, rolling past The Last Jedi in the box office. The movie is great and really gives the audience the full experience of being in the game with all the thrills and adventures like everyone has wanted since they’ve been a kid.

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