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Jumanji: The Next Level Review

Chandler Reagh, Entertainment Editor

Same avatars, different personas. Jumanji: The Next Level expands upon the world built in Welcome to the Jungle by placing different people in the bodies of the game characters and putting them in a new situation. The film follows the original 5 as they return to Jumanji to save one of their own. They are unknowingly followed into the game by Uncle Eddy and Milo Walker played by Danny DeVito and Danny Glover respectively. Their goal is to beat the game and return to the real world, but if they lose their three lives, they’re gone for good.

The new addition to the Jumanji series hits all the points of a good comedy: funny, good actors, and most importantly, heart. Just as the first film did, The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas. The new additions to the cast, Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, and Danny Glover make the film greater than it already is. Kevin Hart gives a noteworthy performance, he really put his all into his character and got the most laughs in the whole movie. Definitely a personal favorite. The film had a budget of about $125 million and has grossed $617 million worldwide. 

This movie had a big competitor however, Jumanji came out the same weekend as Rise of Skywalker (just as the first one came out the same weekend as The Last Jedi). Despite the fact that it got overshadowed by Star Wars, Jumanji: The Next Level was well received and even liked more than the first by some. The movie, directed by Jake Kasdan, is a funny, entertaining adventure that anyone can enjoy. Judging by the mid-credits scene all we can do is wait for the sequel!