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Jumanji(1995) Film Review


Robin Williams

Alan Parrish

Bonnie Hunt

Sarah Whittle

Adam Hann-Bynd

Young Alan

Bebe Neuwirth

Nona Shepherd

Kirston Dunst

Judy Shepherd

Bradley Pierce

Peter Shepherd

Patricia Clarkson

Carol Parrish

Jonathan Hyde

Samual Parrish and Van Pelt


About the film

  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Producers: Robert W. Cort, Ted Field, Larry J. Franco, Scott Kroopf, William Teitler
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure
  • Budget: $65,000,000
  • Released: 1995

The Film

The year is 1869 and brothers Caleb and Benjamin try to get rid of all traces of a chest in a forest. They are terrified of what lies within the box and hopes it will never be found. Roll on 100 years to 1969 and Allan lives with his parents, Samuel and Carol. He's being bullied by a group of kids from his school and he escapes them. He ends up at his dads shoe factory with his friend, Carl Bentley. Alan leaves the factory in a bad mood when his father tells him to face his fears like a man. When he gets outside he's drawn to a banging noise and discovers a chest buried in the mud of a construction site. On getting the box home he finds out that it's an old jungle board game called Jumanji.

He takes the game home and persuades his friend Sarah to play with him. Each time they roll the dice they are given a cryptic message which releases things like mosquito's and bats. When Alan subsequently rolls the dice by accidentally, he is sucked into the board game and told to wait in the jungle until someone rolls an 8 or a 5.

26 years later, Judy and Peter move into the Parrish's old mansion with their Aunt Nora. Once again, they are drawn to the banging sound and they find the game in the loft. Alan is subsequently released from the jungle after the game is being played again, now an adult. He thinks his Father's shoe factory is still there and saddened when he sees the factory is now all derelict and empty. Their mission now is to complete the game! Alan has to find and persuade Sarah, who was traumatized when Alan was lost, to help complete the game with them.


My Thoughts

I've not seen the later version of Jumanji, so can't compare it to the original one. This film was adapted from the book written by Chris Van Allsburg. I've seen this film several times over the years and still enjoy watching it. I think the effects are really quite amazing with the different effects throughout the film. The monkeys near the beginning of the film are really good. There's a lot going on throughout the film so you'll never get bored. Right from the beginning of the film when it's 1869 you get a sense that something exciting, or scary, is going to happen.

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Playing the board game brings to life the different strange and wonderful things living in the jungle, including Alan and a game keeper called Van Pelt! Throughout the game we see a stampede of elephants, giant insects, monkeys causing havoc in the Parrish's home and a very hungry lion! The special effects I found really good how they brought the animals to life. Although young kids might find this scary, especially the Monkey scenes and when Peter himself turns into a monkey. But personally I think this is a fun film with a simple storyline. A tender and heart-warming side to the film is seeing Alan come back to his home town all these years later and seeing how the town has changed dramatically and his parents no longer alive to see him.

At the time of writing this review, Jumanji is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

© 2021 Louise Powles


Caila Daniels from Chicago on April 30, 2021:

I love this movie! It's so fun and exciting!

Lorna Lamon on April 30, 2021:

A great review about one of my all time favourites which feeds the imagination. An enjoyable read and a trip down memory lane.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 29, 2021:

I saw this film in a cinema, and I love it. I think the imaginative story and the special effects are very entertaining. Thanks for creating the review and reminding me about the film. I enjoyed reading your article.

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