CURTAIN RAISER- Jumanji(1995) was an American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was dedicated to visual effects supervisor Stephen L. Price, who died prior to the film’s release. In 2005, a similar film marketed as a spiritual sequel to Jumanji, titled ‘Zathura: A Space Adventure’ was released and was also adapted from a Van Allsburg book which was more directly connected to the Jumanji book. Robin Williams played Alan Parrish, a man trapped in Jumanji for 26 years in the 1995 film!
SYNOPSIS -This is a standalone sequel to Jumanji, could be construed as a fitting and appropriate a tribute to Robin Williams who died 2014. Dwayne Johnson appears as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, an archaeologist and explorer, Spencer’s avatar. Alex Wolff plays Spencer Miller, a nerdy gamer who goes to detention with Fridge, Martha, and Bethany and discovers the Jumanji video game. Jack Black is Professor Shelly Oberon, a cartographer and cryptographer. Madison Iseman is Bethany White, the prettiest girl in school and a cheerleader. Ser’Darius Blain is Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, a football jock! Kevin Hart plays Franklin Finbar, a zoologist and weapons specialist.
The plot is about teenagers tasked with cleaning out a school’s basement who find a vintage video game version of Jumanji and get sucked into the jungle-setting of the first film.
Twenty years after the events of the first film, the infamous board game has evolved into a video game and while cleaning out a school’s basement serving detention, four teenagers find it and get sucked into the same jungle setting that Alan Parrish got sucked into all those years ago. They also become their avatars inside the game and the only way out is to play along and finish it!
Alan Parrish, the character enacted by Robin Williams, is believed to make an appearance in this!
Cast-Karen Gillan, Nick Jones, Bobby Canavalle and Morgan Turner
Music –Henry Jackman ; Cinematography-Gyula Pados