NOW ON VIDEO… Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

4/5 (Good). See it if you haven’t. Skip it if you have.

Danny DeVito from movie still and movie posters from Jumanji


Release Date: December 13, 2019 (USA)
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner
Official Site:
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2h 3min
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Genre: Comedy, Video Game, Adventure
Availability: Google Play, Amazon Video, YouTube, Vudu, Redbox
Base Score: 4 (Good)


I loved the reboot of Jumanji starring Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Kevin Hart. I didn’t realize that this is actually a sequel to the original 1995 version starring Robin Williams. There’s a couple easter eggs inside that point out this is not a reboot. Go figure.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to see the original Jumanji to enjoy the sequel. Or the sequel. If you are going to watch this 3rd movie, you should probably go back to watch the 2nd one first. That way you’ll get the whole “setup.” Some of the jokes are funnier if you’ve seen Jumanji 2.

It’s kind of weird to talk about these as “sequels” when they feel like modern reboots. They are kind of reboots. There is little to no connection to the OG Jumanji.

I would rate this as a “must-see” at first viewing. I was excited to watch it again. And… then I watched it again. It was one of those things better in your memories than in reality. I would say that it, “didn’t age well,” but it’s only been a few months.

“This 2019 Pinot Gris just did not age well [eye roll].”

It’s not really a spoiler… you can see in the trailers. The character-shuffle is different this time around. Kevin Hart is doing his best impression of Danny Glover. The Rock is playing the Danny DeVito character.

The smolder is priceless.

So, if you saw it in the theaters, hold on to those memories. No need to see it on video. If you did not catch it in theaters, it’s a lot of fun. Stay inside and see it!


How I Score Movies

Would I see it again? I did, in fact, see it again after my trip to the theaters. I wouldn’t see it again… again.

Should I buy it? Rent it if you want to watch it again. You’ll probably get it out of your system in a single viewing (the kids, too).

Is it family safe? The movie is PG-13 family safe. There was nothing highly objectionable. There is cartoon-level violence.

Did it have “the look?” It was well done. It looked good. It’s not gonna win any Oscars.

Did it have “the feels?” In the theater, it did have one “moment.” That same moment in the video release did not.

Final Verdict: 4/5 (Good). See it if you haven’t. Skip it if you have.

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