First look at Jumanji 2017

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Is Dr Bravestone brave enough for Jumanji 2017?

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has shared a first glimpse of Jumanji 2017, slated for release next year.

The photo reveals the main cast on their first day of shooting in Hawaii, wearing some ridiculously revealing kaki ‘safari’ clothes standing side by side in character. The picture depicts (from the far left), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Bravestone, Karen Gillan as Martha, and finally Jack Black to the far right.

First Jumanji photo from Kevin Heart's Instagram
First Jumanji photo from Kevin Hart’s Instagram

Jumanji 2017 a continuation of the original

The 2017 rendition of Jumanji comes as a continuation of the original 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams and Kristen Dunst. Jumanji’s plot is based around a mystical board game that unleashes a world of adventure once players have their first roll of the dice. While exploring their new home, two curious children find the jungle-themed board game, but when they begin playing, they free a trapped man (Robin Williams) who’s been stuck in the game’s inner jungle world for decades. The children go on an adventure to free the man captured in this Jumanji world. Inadvertently, they have stumbled into a game that wreaks havoc with stampedes and menacing monkeys until one player wins.

Originally thought to be a reboot of yet another 90s adventure film, Johnson thankfully disclosed that the film would be in fact a “continuation”, following the rugged adventurer Dr. Bravestone. It does make more sense to continue the story in terms of the plot, as the board game was merely hidden after the last film, and continued to exist, pounding its lethal African drumming beat.

Jumanji 2017 character profiles

Kevin Hart

To any of you Jumanji fans like me, I am sorry to say that any high hopes I originally had for this film have unfortunately been set alight and disintegrated after witnessing Kevin Hart’s desecration of the Jumanji name in his photo. Like any of the 10,000 new Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson films these days, Hart will of course be playing a more cowardice and nervous character, typically seen dressed in over-sized clothing to emphasise the fact that he’s small. Yes, he’s small: cool, let’s move on from it.

Dwayne Johnson as Dr Bravestone

And Johnson of course will be playing the more heroic character who’s experienced some emotional wreckage in his past childhood, again with some unnecessarily tight clothing (none of which is actually suited for the jungle).

Karen Gillan

Oh gosh, and let’s not even get started on Karen Gillan’s costume. I mean, I thought Hollywood was trying to prove (or at least hide the fact) that they’re not misogynistic.

Jack Black

Finally we have Jack Black, who reminds me of going to a boring museum and seeing one small sculpture that looks exactly like a good friend, making an altogether terrible experience, a tad enjoyable. What I mean by this is that his character reminds me of Carl Denham, Black’s character in the 2005 film King Kong, whose familiar and loveable appearance gives me a dash of satisfaction.

Jack Black in King Kong, all wide wallpapers
Jack Black in King Kong, all wide wallpapers

Huh… that was good to get out my system.

Jumanji 2017 – a homage to great original cinema

What I do think this new film can bring to the table is that hopefully it will encourage the younger generation to go out and watch the 1995 Jumanji. Even better, it could start an entire trend towards inspiring people to go see other Robin William films, such as Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Good Morning Vietnam, and eventually Good Will Hunting.

Robin Williams' freed Alan Parrish in the 1995 Jumanji, movie boom
Robin Williams’ freed Alan Parrish in the 1995 Jumanji. Source: Movie Boom

Jumanji will be out July 28, 2017 and is being directed by Jake Kasdan, staring Kevin Heart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.

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