If a remake of an original movie, in this case “Jumanji” released in 1995, makes money then there will be a sequel. This kind of movie is all about making money, not about the art form of making movies. “Jumanji: The Next Level” is so similar to the first movie, released 2 years ago, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” that I found the only entertaining thing about the 2 hours was trying to figure out some of the new ideas that were thrown into this sequel. Some of these ideas were, adding Danny Divito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina as new characters. Within the game, making it possible using a special type of water for the character Avatars to switch to different people. Other than this, the entire story, game and eventual ending is about the same as the last movie. The reason for this once again – is the built in audience means to any producer that all we have to do is what we did the last time and the movie will make money. Why spend more time on new ideas and a great script? The money is already there for the taking, lets just take the money, not make a great movie. Considering all of this, what a waste to have someone as funny and talented as Kevin Hart and give him no lines that were funny.
The critical reviews for this sequel are about the same as the last one, about 65-70%. The other interesting caveat is that Jumanji is a remake of a movie made in 1995 starring Robin Williams that was at best pretty average, apart from the huge talent of Williams. Why remake an average movie? Why not remake a great movie? None of this makes much sense other than, money over quality, that is one of the problems with too many movies like this one that are made far too often.
Jumanji: The Next Level should be missed except for die hard fans of Kevin Hart or Dwayne Johnson. For the rest of us, there are many better movies than this one that have been recently released. See those movies and miss this one.