Movie Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’

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“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was one of the more successful reboots in recent memory. The 2017 film managed to make over $400 million at the domestic box office despite opening in the shadow of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The appeal was apparently a combination of nostalgia for the 1995 Robin Williams original and the bankability of stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. The formula was such a winner that it would have been crazy if audiences didn’t get a sequel. “Jumanji: The Next Level” recaptures what “worked” about the 2017 film, even if it didn’t always work for me, while adding a twist that makes it unique in its own right. Like the 2017 film, the sequel sees young adults Spencer, played by Alex Wolff; Fridge, played by Ser’Darius
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