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Jumanji (SE)
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Nov 24, 2005 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Joe Johnston

Actors:
Robin Williams
Kirsten Dunst
Bonnie Hunt

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two young children stumble upon a mysterious board game that comes to life. They must team with a quirky stranger to prevent the game from destroying the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sometimes I think they make movies just to showcase whatever new advancements in special effects have been made. JUMANJI would be one of those movies. Itís light on plot, character development and heavy on adventure and computer generated special effects. There are definitely better movies out there, but it does move along quickly despite the fact it will make you roll your eyes every now and again.

Robin Williams is one heck of a talented actor and comedian. I enjoy him in most of his films but here he turns out one of his more pedestrian performances. Heís mastered the man-child role that has kept him a wealthy man the past couple of decades. Everyone else does their job. I think I wouldíve liked this movie a lot more if I were in my pre-teen years. Of course, these days, CGI is in virtually every PG movie and Iím not so sure this movie or these effects would past the test today.

Itís hard to say whether or not this is a good or bad movie because itís one of those you forget about right after you see it. However, the younger audience should get a kick out of seeing a fantasy board game come to life and most adults should be able to stomach the 105 minute runtime.
THE EXTRAS
This is another shameless re-packaging and thereís nothing new except a couple of bonus features aimed at kids. So if you own the previous special edition, I wouldnít bother with the upgrade.

Commentary with the special effects crew: This is a commentary by all of the important players from the special effects crew. Itís a decent commentary, but itís probably more interesting to those of you that enjoy technical jargon. Iím lucky to get my email to work.

Making Jumanji: The Realm of Imagination (20:00): Itís a quick featurette that briefly goes over some of the issues of making the film. Nothing too exciting.

Production Design Documentary (3:03): Can three minutes really be considered a ďdocumentaryĒ? This talks briefly about the house used in the film and how they had to use two different houses to accommodate the destruction of one.

Lions, Monkeys and PodsÖOh My (14:31): This is a short special effects featurette that goes over certain scenes. Itís too long to be considered fluff, but too short to be considered insightful.

There are also Storyboards, Trailers, Production Stills, Concept Art and Games for the little ones.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are definitely worse kids movies out there, but adults will find this movie trite and unoriginal. Kids will probably enjoy it if theyíre young enough to not point out all the flaws in the special effects.
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