Get ready to up your Family Movie Night game because Jumanji: The Next Level is finally here. The characters you know and love are back for immersive adventures in all new open-world environments that range from hot deserts to snowy mountains. We also have the addition of some brand new Non-player characters and players to the game. They all create some serious on-screen magic and chemistry, especially when they swap bodies in the game. You don’t want to miss these antics.
A Dynamic Cast Brings the Laughs
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have starred together in numerous movies now, and with good reason. Their hilarious banter gave Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle a refreshing new flavor, making it a worthy successor to the original Jumanji. And these two bring the same energy to Jumanji: The Next Level yet again. Jack Black and Karen Gillan are back in the game too. They amplify the group’s energy with their lighthearted humor and maintain a bouncy harmony. The characters swap avatars/bodies a few times in the game. This really highlights their talents when we see how well they can imitate each other’s movements and tone. Their antics show exactly how well this cast is suited to be together on screen and it’s a blast to witness. No matter what challenge or wild animal they’re facing, the actors all have undeniable and fantastic chemistry on screen.
Check out these clips for a behind-the-scenes look into the cast’s shenanigans:
Among the cast we already know and love are a group of never-before-seen characters. New additions include the legendary Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, and they play off of each other much like Hart and Johnson. DeVito and Glover also bring some more grown-up themes and an air of nostalgia to the film that older viewers are sure to appreciate. When you combine that with the ebb and flow of the humor throughout the film, you really get a well-rounded movie that both adults and kids can enjoy. Some of the humor and violence in this PG-13 title can be a bit grown up though. There are references to body parts, a fair bit of swearing, and potentially scary moments for younger viewers when characters “die” in the game. Family Play lets you skip the content you choose, so your little ones don’t miss out on the fun.
Check out how DeVito fits right in with the cast in this exclusive clip:
Embracing Differences While Overcoming Challenges
The movie promotes some essential positive messages for younger viewers. The importance of teamwork is one theme that permeates the story, and everyone brings their own unique strengths. The characters face lots of dangerous situations and challenges – this is the essence of Jumanji after all. But it’s never up to just a single player to overcome them. Player stats come into play here, which are cards that pop up to show the characters’ strengths and weaknesses in the film. Whenever a player has a weakness, their awesome teammates help them overcome it. And each player has different strengths that come in handy when they come across different problems. Some use their persuasive power of communication, while others just use their power to punch hard. They’re different approaches but they work for various situations, and that is a-okay. The film promotes the importance of diversity by showing that no matter how dissimilar teammates are, they can still put their heads together to overcome anything. Whether surviving a harsh desert environment or a wild ostrich attack, they find a way to get through it – and have a fantastic time doing it.
Family Movie Night Activities
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From the cast’s amazing chemistry to the positive messages throughout the film, Jumanji: The Next Level truly levels up this fun franchise and is a must-see for the whole family.
Family Play is no longer available. Updated: 7/20/2020.