We all know the sequel is rarely better, if not as good as the original movie, and the third installment is no different. But Jumanji: Next Level was a great example of how to make a sequel, and keep what made the it's predecessor so enjoyable. To me, where Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle shone through was with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan speaking as their teenage counterparts., and growing together and becoming better versions of themselves. In Next Level they kept what made Welcome to the Jungle great, but (cough) took it to the next level. Next Level sees our 4 heroes of Jumanji reuniting during christmas break from college. They all seem to be doing great for themselves but Spencer isn't doing that well, and thinks he might have better luck back in Jumanji, forcing the rest of them to go after him. Thus embarking on a whole new and dangerous journey, with some new people joining them. Next Level introduces some new characters that only elevated the movie, Alex Wolff's character, Spencer's, Grandpa Eddie , played by the illustrious Danny Devito, Grandpa Eddie's estranged best friend and business partner Milo, played by the equally illustrious Danny Glover, and a new character in the game, Ming, played by Awkwafina. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson this go around were the avi's of Grandpa Eddie and Milo. Hearing Kevin Hart talk as Milo was truly hilarious. Even more enjoyable than that was hearing Jack Black speak instead of just as Bethany like last time, this time he was also Fridge. Jack Black speaking as a black teenager was hilarious and not disrespectful at all, which it could have really been.
The story, like it's predecessor was good as well, but the villain was just as one note and forgettable as it's predecessor. This is the reason I can't really put it in the 8 to 10 range, but our heroes made it enjoyable. It really was a hilarious next venture in the wonders of Jumanji, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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