Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji (1995)
Ah, childhood memories! So many games, books and movies that shaped our personalities and ourselves. Sometime they are faded memories and we don't remember too much, other times we remember something like a masterpiece when it was instead just a average piece of work, and some times we remember details so tiny that we wonder how our brain works. And this can happen for different stuff for all different people: but whatever you think today, you can't deny that back in 1995 you loved Jumanji from beginning to end. Come on, you have to know what movie I'm talking about! It came out during that year, and was directed by Joe Johnston (same director of other childhood classics like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Pagemaster and even recent stuff like Captain America: the First Avenger). The main protagonist is easily remember as Robin WIlliams, the comedy actor that we all miss deeply, and the protagonist kids were the very young (at the time) Bradley Pierce and Kirsten Dunst. The plot is known by everybody: two you kids play with a mysterious boardgame with some mysterious mystical background, with the pieces that move on their own and creepy messages appearing on the center, alongside summoned creatures from the jungle. One of the two kids get indeed sucked inside the jungle, and get freed only years and years later when two other kids start playing the game - in the meanwhile, everyone thought he was dead and the world changed deeply. The team must now finish the game to bring everything back in the jungle, and save their life! Because a lot gets out of the game during the movie: from animals like monkeys, elephants and deadly mosquitos, to natural stuff like floods or earthquake, and the main villain of the movie, the hunter Van Pelt, played by Jonathan Hyde. It was a entertaining movie, even if today might appear as average. Some of the effects also aged badly, expecially the monkeys. But you can't deny that it's still as enjoyable as it was before, funny, charming, heartwarming and never boring.

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  • Robin Williams at his best
  • A charming adventure
  • Lots of different ideas in the stuff that come out from the boardgame
  • The whole concept of Jumanji, as a boardgame, is unique and interesting
  • Great nostalgic classic
  • Good for the whole family

  • Some CGI effects aged really badly
  • Someone consider it as a pretty average movie
  • Some secondary characters feel a bit useless
  • All animals are depicted as "evil" and violent, without any reedeming quality



More true to the franchise

I like the new movie better and found it a lot more fun but I feel like this original is more true to the concept of Jumanji because the new one is more just a video game parody movie and it could change to another title and it would not make much of a difference. They are both movies but I think this one is more true to being called Jumanji.
Posted by Wubwub on 01-21-2018

Mork All The Way!

Any movie in a VS that has Robin Williams in it will always get my vote. Kevin Hart is actually my new Robin Williams, but do not let me choose between them, coz I'm choosing Mork over anyone! The new film is a great new-age rendition of the old board game-based Robin Williams film. But no one in the inustry has yet to produce an actor with the same chops and hops as the great Robin Williams, rest in peace!
Posted by sonnyisabeast on 11-07-2018


Both Jumanji of 1995 and Jumanji of 2017 are fun and amazing films and I enjoyed watching both of this films. The Jumanji of 1995 is amazing especially the lead actor Robin Williams he was the best, but we can also say that Jumanji of 2017 is really hilarious. If I would pick only one of this two films I would go for the original film mainly because of Robin Williams he is an amazing person and actor.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-14-2018


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
It was the August of 2015, and the Internet was filled with rage when from Sony Pictures came the announcement of a sequel. Every child from the 90s, now an adult, was enraged! How could they make a sequel of that childhood classic? Everyone thought it would have sucked, and when the first pictures came out there was a lot of talking about the way Kareen Gillan was dressed. But then, the 22th of december the movie came out, and both critics and audience agreed on one thing: it was good! It was a surprise, sure, but this taught people that not every remake or sequel of a old product is meant to be bad. Sometime good stuff can come too. The movie, still based like the original on the book by Chris Van Allsburg (same author of Polar Express and the similar story Zathura) is directed by Jake Kasdan and features a all star cast of actors that are actually amazing in the movie! After all, how can you not love Jack Black? It's always fun in movies! Or if you prefer someone more muscular, then the Rock Dwayne Johnson is here for you! And for all Doctor Who fans, here Karen Gillan back at her bast! And let's not forget also other actors like Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. Those main characters are adults, sure, but the premise of the story this time is not a boardgame, but a videogame: four kids get sucked inside it, and actually become the various characters played by the mentioned actors. This give to some really funny moments, since the person that get sucked inside Jack Black's body is a girl. "Funny" is the keyword here: the movie is enjoyable because it's funny! It have a lot of humour, action and adventure, and - without going too much into spoiler territory - the story is actually pretty good. Maybe it's not as good as the old one, or maybe it's not fair to compare those too, but it's for sure a great and nice movie to watch.

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  • A great cast of actors
  • Really funny
  • Nice special effects
  • Interesting story
  • A direct sequel from the original movie
  • Many people found it better than expected

  • The nostalgia for the first one might ruin your judgement for this movie
  • A sequel that is released 22 years after the original might arrive a little bit late to the party
  • In some parts the story is a bit predictable
  • Some of the jokes might be inappropriate for young children


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Jumanji is a great movie. One of the best things about this movie is Robin Williams. When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was announced, I was very interested in watching this movie. I thought the movie will have better visuals and will be awesome. However, then the movie was never realesed in my town. I could have bought the DVD, but I had simply forgotten about this movie. I hope to watch the sequel soon.
Posted by vinaya on 12-28-2017
You have to watch it. The new Jumanji movie is good too like the classic one. Plus the actors are so good. I really like Dwayne Johnson, and add to that Jack Black and Kevin Hart, wow what a great casting. I laughed a lot and also amazed. You really have to watch it.
Posted by lei08pineda on 08-06-2018
All of the adult actors do a fine job representing the timid, petrified, or awed teens controlling their avatar bodies but still, the new Jumanji is quite funny. In the end the real Jumanji is all together different and the new one doesn't bring the nostalgia back for the adults.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 12-29-2017
I have never watched any of them but I have seen the advertisement for Human hi 2017. I am looking forward to watching it because I like the trailer.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-29-2017
I have seen the Robin Williams Jumanji and I’d say it’s a riot simply because Robin William is Robin Williams. It was thrilling and entertaining.But based on the teaser of the new Jumanji which stars Dwayne Johnson, it looks funny just like the old one. And I think the crux is not an ouija board but this time an old computer gaming console that transports the 4 kids into the jungle setting of the computer game. Well, nice shift from the old to the new. It’s now a digital world and I’d say this looks exciting enough for me.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-08-2018
I did enjoy to watch both for this movie and I can tell you that they have their own charisma and story that you surely, can't afford to miss. What I like about this new Jumanji is its comedy and a different kind of approach to the story which is still good, by the way, because, at this generation, this will surely be hit since it's like an upgrade from the old Jumanji. They did a great job on this new movie and I'll definitely watch this again.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-12-2018
The new Jumanji movie is a blockbuster film. But one thing needs to be kept in mind that the old Jumanji was based on the board game while the new one is about the video game. Home video game consoles were popular in 1996, but weren’t as ubiquitous or as varied as they are today. Nor were they as powerful - in 1996, you would probably still be looking at pixelated, blocky graphics, and that wouldn’t have been as attractive on a large movie screen. But now as the consoles are powerful kids can relate to them.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 01-17-2018
Any of these movies is really funny. They're both based on the game, but the plots are completely different, so obviously the new one has a lot of visual effects and tricky parts. Characters are hilarious, and really well played, but sometimes they make some jokes not very clear for the little ones. Anyway, I think is good for the whole family, and that's why is making a lot of money out there.
Posted by ballyhara on 01-20-2018
I haven't watch the 2017 version but i'm sure that it's a great movie to watch also. I have watched the original one when i was a kid and it's really an unforgettable movie as a kids back then. I'm sure that with all the advance cinematography nowadays the 2017 version would be more realistic and very appealing. Cant wait to watch the new movie and see the comparison.
Posted by fishbate on 07-31-2018
I haven’t watched the new Jumanji but the old one is a classic. It is part of my childhood. I don’t how many times I’ve watched the movie. Maybe it was countless. It something can’t never be replace for me.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 11-22-2018