Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle could have really used a sequel to recover from the downfallen critic reviews. The sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level was really a mixed bag when it came to understanding the pros and cons. The sequel made over 750 million USD worldwide and is still selling tickets. On the contrary, the reviews are really bashing the storyline and script of the movie.
The VFX breakdown of this film has been the topic of curiosity for many even before its release. This film is a path breaking juncture in the evolvement of visual effects in movies. Let’s analyze the good and bad things about Jumanji: The Next Level.
The agile comic performance by these two legends made for an extremely funny performance. This film was able to make our jaws hurt with laugher for sure.
The camera angles were really an unpleasant irritant in this film. They were constantly leering at the female characters and ruining the whole aesthetic of the film.
Some wide-angle shots were shaky and numerous frames had lost their touch of perfection.
The VFX of this film was controversial even before its release. Everyone was curious to see whether the makers would be able to meet the high standards of the audience and the old school Jumanji fandom.
Whether you want to learn VFX or just admire the amazing CGI, this film is really an amazing experience. The visual effects are mind-blowing. To design a game like a caricature is really an impressive CGI element. There are so many things which could have been compromised or gone wrong. This movie was able to create the perfect balance between realism and VFX elements.
One of the biggest nitpicks of this film is the constant reminder that real-life people are incorporated in video games. The continuous character analysis has made the film a string of annoying self ted talk.
The nostalgia associated with Jumanji really transcends age groups and demographics. People born in the 90s and 2000s have had a great attachment to the story with the age-old series.
The film had to revive with the new audiences as well. In addition to that, you shall find that this film very strategically imbibes nostalgic elements and new-age technology excellently.
Not that there is anything wrong with trying hard but when it becomes loud and clear, the movie becomes quite pretentious. Cameo appearances like that of Awkwafina and over the top fight sequences really made it a pretentious show.
The greatest bug in the previous film was the lack of clarity with levels and steps of the film. In this new film, the levels were much clearer. The quests were also much precise in this one.
You would find that this movie is able to depict the game scenario with much more weight.
The whole body swapping gimmick really became tiresome and repetitive very soon. There were several instances where it was quiet clear that the characters were not nerdy kids from school but grown up action stunt heroes.
The first film was much more convincing in this faculty at least.
It is often tough for characters to break out from extensively successful signature roles and convince the audience that they are someone else. After her breakthrough performance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji was a whole another universe for her to astound in.
Karen Gillan was extremely convincing and her presence was strongly felt as Ruby Round. She really put the icing on top of the cake.
The movie lacks a straightforward plot storyline. There are several instances where the plot loses touch with the whole main story. The plot holes have largely contributed to the losing interest of the audiences. There were scenes where an action scene was stopped mid-way to show another parallel plot.
In an attempt to make the film a cinematic delight, it ended up becoming more confusing and ended up having plot holes.
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