A movie that I recently
viewed was Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle directed by Jake Kasdan. The movie
starred Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Rhys Darby, Bobby
Cannavale and Nick Jonas. I am a big admirer of the late Robin Williams, and what
I liked most about this movie was the relation the movie had to the original
Jumanji film that starred Robin Williams over twenty years ago. This time
around, the film was adapted to relate to today’s technological and video gaming
world. The four main characters convert into avatars of their choosing and take
on symbolic opposite traits of their high school selves.
Literal and Symbolic Elements
The four main characters find a video game player with
a video game they never heard of. When powering on the game, they get sucked
into it and they become the avatars they chose. Spencer is a video game fanatic
and he becomes a brawny buff explorer, football jock Fridge goes from over six
feet tall and buff to five feet tall and scrawny, Bethany, the popular blonde
girl in school, becomes a middle-aged male professor and nerd Martha becomes a rebel
warrior. The characters learn they must survive the game and alter the way they
think about themselves in order to return to the real world.
This action comedy film follows the four characters
through the jungle where Willams’ character, Alan Parrish, was imprisoned for
so long. The movie was generated not as a remake, but as a proud continuation. The
characters avatars are symbolic to their real life high school selves because
they learn that who they really are is all that matters. Even though their new
avatars are opposite from their high school characteristics, it is their original
personalities that are needed for them to survive the game.
This shows that it is not about looks and physique,
but about how you really are inside that matters. Throughout the movie, the
main themes of the film are apparent in one must face their fears and become independent.
Before entering the game, the four students are told by the teacher that they
need to come to grips with who they are and who they want to be. This is foretelling
for the meaning of the film where it is realized that It takes more than muscles
or beauty to be a commendable person.
The new story of Jumanji was directed by
comedy director Jake Kasdan. It was important that viewers knew that this movie
was not a remake of the original, but a continuation. Actor Kevin Hart states that,
“There’s a generation that has no idea what Jumanji is,” “So
having that game and that world continue but fit this mold is something that we
felt that we could bring a lot of light to.”(Huver) the world of Jumanji was experienced
over twenty years ago, and those involved wanted to pay homage to the late
Robin Williams and bring it into a new setting. The actors and people involved
wanted viewers to learn something about themselves that they didn’t recognize
they need to learn.
Jumanji, Welcome to
the Jungle, was inspirational to me due to its original respect to Robin
Williams character Alan Parish. This time around, the
film was modified to relate to today’s technological and video gaming world. The
four main characters transfigure into avatars of their choosing and take on symbolic
opposite traits of their high school selves. By studying who they are and who
they want to be prevails as the main theme in this action-packed comedy that
brings back many memories of being a child in the nineties.