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Matt Reed
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 1:50am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I wasn't a fan of the original film starring Robin Williams.  Maybe it was because I was too old, but I didn't like the Spielbergian kid aspect of it.  Felt forced and contrived with far too few laughs for a comedy and not enough action for an action film.  But there was something about the trailers for the sequel (and it's a sequel not a reboot) that intrigued me.  So it became the "family movie" we went to see on Christmas Day.  

Color me totally surprised, but I actually really enjoyed it.  It had a ton of laughs and just as much heart.  It balanced the kid (now teen) aspect of the story much better than the original.  Being a gamer I enjoyed the specific aspects of that world that they wove into the story, but you don't need to understand the video game world to enjoy it.  

It's already a huge hit, which is quite an accomplishment considering it went up against a STAR WARS film.  With $186.5 mil worldwide against a $90 mil budget after just ten days in release, Sony finally has a tentpole franchise film it can call its own. 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 3:48am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I read some bad reviews, but I saw the trailer and it looked kinda fun. 
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Doug Centers
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I know a couple of people that have seen it  and really liked it.
These type of movies sometimes play to the 3D too much (which I don't buy), hope not.

As for the original, David Alan Grier was the best thing about it.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 9:26am | IP Logged | 4 post reply


My three kids have been somewhat obsessed with the original JUMANJI through Netflix, so they caught this yesterday with my wife... they all raved about it afterwards!



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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 1:17pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I saw it a few weeks ago when Amazon Prime offered an early screening, and I really enjoyed it. I think it's an example of a good sequel, where it is building something new, rather than tearing down or being a remake of the previous movie.

It's also very all-ages friendly, other than a few penis jokes. (Although they are the type of penis jokes that I hear my kindergarten and second-grade aged niece and nephew make, so I guess it's still all-ages? Or maybe my sister's kids are just weird.)
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David Miller
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I saw it with my mother and nephews, who were all fans. The kids, 9 and 12, didn't get the boner joke, since it was all implication, but they definitely understood ribaldry was afoot, due to the context and my unwillingness to explain. The rest of the dick humor was on their level.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 08 January 2018 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

 Matt Reed wrote:
Color me totally surprised, but I actually really enjoyed it.  It had a ton of laughs and just as much heart.  It balanced the kid (now teen) aspect of the story much better than the original.  Being a gamer I enjoyed the specific aspects of that world that they wove into the story, but you don't need to understand the video game world to enjoy it.

Matt, you've articulated how I feel.

It does have a lot of heart and fun. I like the dialogue. And there's a deep message in there are times, e.g. being happy in your own body, working together to achieve things, etc. 

Very satisfying.

  
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 2:49am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

This film, that opened before Christmas, is STILL the number one movie at the box office - in February!!!

When was the last time that happened?
From checking Boxofficemojo, looks like:
Terms of Endearment in 1982/3
Tootsie in 83/4
Beverley Hills Cop in 84/5
Home Alone 90/91

and possibly some after that (stopped looking since my astonishment has now been sated).

On a related note, but slight tangent, from this research it is amazing how many weeks films stayed at number one during those times.

Home Alone was the weekend number one for 12 weeks straight.
Good Morning Vietnam was number one for nine weeks
Crocodile Dundee lasted nine weeks
Back to the Future was 11 weeks with a one week break
Beverly Hills Cop lasted 14 weeks after breaks are removed, as did E.T.

Ah, the days before home video and saturation of the market.

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Bill Collins
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

James, maybe it was because, in those days there wasn`t
the proliferation of multiplex cinemas? It was usually a
3 screen cinema, with one large hall and two smaller
ones,in the UK at least.Wolverhampton had two of those
types, The Odeon and the ABC,now we have 4 multiplexes
within 5 miles of my house.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 10:16am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Totally agree. If you look at how it was back then, totally different to now.
I grew up in Huddersfield, we had two cinemas, each with two screens - four films showing and that was it.

But a blockbuster could take residence for the whole summer or Christmas period, so only a few blockbuster films made at a time.
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John Popa
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 4:21pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

The Rock posted about the success and said 'Titanic' was the last flick to open in December and still be #1 this must later in the run. (But 'Titanic's run was uninterrupted.)
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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 5:49pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

The new Jumanji is very, very good. It's like Hollywood has rediscovered what made the adventure films of the 80's so fun. Hopefully they keep it up. 
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