By Bob Palmer
The third installment in the Jumanji franchise promises to take the game to “the next level.” Sadly, it doesn’t. Don’t take the word, however, of an old Boomer who identifies more with Gramps (Danny DeVito), who has to be constantly reminded that he is in a video game than action heroes like Dwayne Johnson.
Just listen to giggles, laughs and screams coming from the young teens and pre-teens filling the theater. Director Jake Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, captures that feeling we share (particularly in teen years) of wanting to be someone else — someone more brave, someone more smart, someone more strong, someone more pretty through the metaphor of a video game where the movie’s characters enter the game as one of the avatars… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).
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