‘Jumanji’ sequel shakes up the character chemistry

The sequel to the surprisingly great Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has an official trailer out now:

I think the smartest thing you can do with a sequel is avoid a rehash. While it would have been nice to catch up with all of our favorite characters from part one of the series, Jumanji: The Next Level decides to avoid any repetition in chemistry or banter by pushing the envelope on the weirdness.

In the first film, a lot of the comedy stemmed from the mismatch of players to their characters in the game. Fridge, the huge sports jock, turned into the small and loud Kevin Hart avatar. Spencer, the lanky asthmatic, became The Rock and Bethany, the snooty popular girl, turns into Jack Black. Jumanji: The Next Level goes even further in mismatching its characters with Danny DeVito becoming The Rock’s character and Danny Glover becoming Kevin Hart. It looks like this change has allowed Hart and Johnson to do more comedic voices and character actions that would normally be lent to more elderly people. Fridge has returned as Jack Black and Martha reprises here Karen Gillan avatar.

It can be assumed that most of the film will be about finding Spencer and Bethany who are lost in the game. All of the weird changes and mishaps seem to be caused by Spencer essentially modding Jumanji. We also get glimpses of some colder climate areas where the Nick Jonas character, Alex, is seen once again by the group.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a pleasant surprise that many did not expect to be so entertaining. Let’s hope this shake-up can keep the sequel fresh and just as enjoyable.

Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters December 13th.

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