I love Robin Williams films. He's one of the best older actors around at the moment, although one of my all-time fave films will be Miss Doubtfire. You get his full range of voices, and funny characteristics in that film. In Jumanji, he's more serious, but in the extras, he's back to his Miss Doubtfire funniness. There's one particularly line, while they're filming the earthquake sequence, and Robin Williams is hanging onto Bonnie Hunt for dear life. In the extras, you actually see he's standing on a plank of wood. Then you see this guy sawing away at something, and Robin goes "That can't be good". It's just the way he comes out with these things!
Of all the special effects in this movie, the monkeys are the best - sorry, the lion isn't a patch on Aslan. They are so hilarious, whether they're in the kitchen (the monkey switching on the cooker, and nearly getting his a** burnt!), or on the motorbike (monkey with massive helmet on!)
The extras are kinda disappointing for a collectors edition. There are a few good documentaries, but they show a lot of the same clips over and over. Some of it is interesting, and you see some of the storyboards for the stampede, earthquake, and bats. Seeing storyboards are quite interesting, although the drawings of the animals does get kind of tedious flicking through them.Read more ›
They find this strange game in the attic, and begin to play it, unleashing, lions, zebras, monkeys, crocodiles, floods, giant insects, killer plants, bats and an insane hunter-adventurer from the 19th century, as well as all sorts of other dangers from the jungle.
They only start to find a solution to the Pandora's box of dangers they have released, when they release Alan Parrish himself, now grown up and a wild jungle man, from the jungle.
David Alan Grier plays the police man who is roped into the wild adventure, against his own wishes, (and not sure if he hasn't gone insane). Kirsten Dunst shines in her role , showing what a lovely, talented young actress she is.
Starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, the action is fast paced and easy to follow. No swearing in this movie makes it appropriate for all ages, though little ones might be frightened by the rampaging animals. There is nothing Disneylike in their qualities.
Still, the story of sticking together and teamwork prevail throughout the entire film. Bebe Neuwirth and David Alan Greier are great in their supporting roles. Bonnie Hunt gets some of the best lines in the film with regards to cheating and a downtown sale. An early Kirstin Dunst is also great.
If you have never seen Jumanji, I encourage you check it out. It's fun and you always wonder what the game is going to come up with next.