Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was the breakout hit of 2017. A sequel that should not have worked for a million reasons, not least of which being the death of franchise star Robin Williams, Jungle proved to be a charming, entertaining pastiche of video games, earning a whopping $962.1 million at the box office. A sequel was naturally green lit, and instantly became as unnecessary as Jungle once was. However, thanks to new twists on the formula, and the ever-game cast, Jumanji: The Next Level looks like it could be just as charming as its two predecessors.
Desperate to return to the time when he and his new friends – Bethany (Madison Iseman), Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), and Martha (Morgan Turner) – were at their closest, Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolff) has dedicated his spare time to repairing the pieces to Jumanji, a video game that had once sucked them in to teach them important life lessons. When Spencer goes missing, the gang – along with Spencer’s grandfather Eddie (Danny DeVito) and Eddie’s friend Milo (Danny Glover) – must enter the game to rescue Spencer and escape Jumanji once again.
Now, when I first heard about this film, I was a little annoyed. Yes, I loved Jungle a surprising amount, but Jungle had the surprise factor. The Next Level seemed, on paper, to lack that “oomph,” not to mention the fact that keeping the same cast defeats the purpose of this franchise. However, while not all my fears were assuaged with this trailer, I did find myself excited by several of the proposed changes for this sequel. Not least of which: Dwayne Johnson’s Avatar now belongs to Danny DeVito. You heard me right: DWAYNE JOHNSON SPENDS THIS ENTIRE MOVIE DOING A DANNY DEVITO IMPRESSION!!! And Danny Glover is in control of Kevin Hart! I don’t know which writer came up with that decision, but holy sh*t am I onboard for these two doing impressions of the aging legends for two hours. Meanwhile, Karen Gillan and Jack Black are also returning, but Black is now the avatar for Blain’s character, which isn’t quite as funny as Black doing an impression of a 17-year-old popular girl, but should earn a few laughs along the way. Rhys Darby and Nick Jonas/Colin Hanks will also be returning, while Awkwafina will be showing up in an undisclosed role. While December is becoming a fairly packed season this year, you can be sure Jumanji will be a movie to see come December 13th. You can watch the trailer below.