19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2003
Just about every film you will ever watch (with a few acceptions) will have been influenced by another film, and may seem very similar to that film in more ways than one. However, Jumanji is a complete acception to this rule. It is a completely original and fantstic idea for a film, which has become unsuprisingly succesful.
When Alan Parish finds an old game in a building site and begins playing it with Sarah, a girl on his street, he dissappears and she is chased out of the house by a swarm of bats. Twenty Six years later, Judy and Peter find it in the attic of there new house, (the old Parish house) and they also begin to play. They release Alan, along with a hoard of unimaginable nightmares, their only hope being to finish the game, if they live that long!
The special effects in this movie, in there day were excelent, however they do look a little bit dated now, especially the lion. It still works well though. The acting is also pretty ok, especially from Robin Williams, who in my mind is on top form here.
Although this film was promoted as a family movie, some parts are pretty intense and scary, especially the beginning where the previous two children are burying the game. Therefore you may want to watch it before you show it to very young children. Having said this, it really is an excelent film and most of the family can enjoy the solid entertainment.
If you buy this film then i guarentee that you will be gripping your seat,and will be thinking of nothing else until the end. Well worth buying.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
I Remember this back when I was about 10 Years old.
I Remember It on VHS, and what a great Film, staring Robbin Williams, and some other great characters. Bearing In Mind, Technology wasn't that good, Over 15 years ago, and the amount of Computer Generated graphics that were in this film, and to make it look so real.
I'm so glad that they decided to bring it to DVD, This is a Film, on which I've lost over the years, but still think about, and Missed.
It's now in my 'Top DVD' collection, and It's a DVD which I can watch, and Watch and watch and never get bored of.
This film has everything, Comedy, Drama, Action, and I Suppose some scary parts - For little children. But something I think an entire family would enjoy, I know that when my daughter is a bit older. She will love it, and I intend to sit down as a Family, and watch it all together!
5**** From me!
The story is about 2 children who start off the game, and Robbin Williams gets sucked into the Jungle, about 25 years later, 2 other children play the same game after moving into the house, and they play the game, and roll a 3 or an 8 on the Dice, Robbin Williams then comes back from the Jungle, but the story does not end there, they have to finish the terrifying game, which has monkeys, Lions, Gunmen, and loads of nasty things happening, but until they finish the game, these things won't go away!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2011
I boughtthis for a 16 year old boy who had not seen it before. He had sevear additional needs and not been out of bed since Christmas. He managed to watch once before he died. AND he LOVED IT!! It arrived really quickly,infact just in time, thank you.We have watched it again and is good for all ages although a younger friend watched it through his fingers. Excellant entertainment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2004
When Alan (Robin Williams) finds a strange boardgame buried in concrete he invites a friend to play, but after rolling the dice for the second time Alan is sent into the game and never seen again...Some years later two kids discover the boardgame in the house where Alan disappeared and begin to play. The dice is rolled and Alan appears some 30 years older, they must now complete the game in order to send back a hunter who has come through with him. With stampeding rhinos, mischevious monkeys,15ft aligators and violent weather conditions to contend with Jumanji is thoroughly entertaining and a must have fun for all the family adventure...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
I consider this movie as one of my all time favourite movies, and also Robin Williams as one of my favourite actors.
This is the story of Alan Parish who finds a board game, which unknown to him releases the inhabititants of the game, depending on the role of the dice.
While playing the game with a girl called Sarah from his street, they both decide to stop playing the game, but Alan un-wittingly throws the dice, and the game punishes him, by sucking him into the game with the message ' In the jungle you must wait, till the dice reads five or eight'.
Many years later Judy & Peter who have moved into Alans house, find the game, and begin playing it, and Peter eventually throws an eight, thus releasing alan from the game.
What follows in an action paced film, with great special effects.
If you want to watch a great film then get this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2009
Adapted from a short story, this family fantasy film is imaginative and great fun throughout. Released to great acclaim in 1995, the film begins in 1969 where a bullied child, Alan, is dragged into the game after finding it lying half-buried at a building site. Flashing forward to 1995, two children move to Alan's old house and the game begins once more...
On its release, Jumanji successfully rode the wave of movies to feature fantastic special effects, one that had begun a couple of years earlier with the ground-breaking Jurassic Park. Featuring a young but precocious Kirsten Dunst, and starring Robin Williams, the movie revolves around a supernatural board game that draws players into a magical - and dangerous - world that also results in lions, crocodiles, murderous game hunters, a monsoon, and an earthquake escaping from the game and becoming real.
Basically a popcorn movie that is all about its effects, the film is mindless but great fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
I seen this for sale on Blu-ray and I wanted it straight away.
This was one of my favourite films as a child.
I always owned it on VHS but I had to to add to my Blu-ray collection.
The picture is great and it fills out the entire screen which I love. Although, I do think it could have been better. The picture seemed to lack contrast for me. The colour just wasn't as prominent and the picture wasn't as crisp as Blu-rays of older movies usually make them.
That's not to say the quality was bad, it was great! But I've seen better.
Also, I love the interactive Jumanji game you can play in the special features. The Jumanji game could have been slightly better but I really did enjoy it even though my brother hated it.
So overall this is a great Blu-ray to add in your collection but don't be expecting something phenomenal. And for €5, you can't beat that price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2014
I believe I was 7 when I saw the advertisements for this movie. We watched it as a family and It's been my most memorable and favourite film yet. Just watched yesterday and today and it's better than I imagined. Lol usually films loose those nice touches as you get older when you see they were just add ons or play some kind of code to the movie. But this movie does not do that. Still an excellent well loved today. And Robbin Williams is a very genuine person his heart is in this movie. That's what makes it so real and incredible. All the characters are lovely and light. Not over done and not under done. Excellent movie.
on 3 November 2009
When two children play a board game a man trapped inside appears and tries to help them finish the game as jungle elements from the game trouble the environment.
Shown every Christmas, re-released countless times and still Jumanji never loses its touch with its viewers.
This breathtaking imagination of a board game coming to life is as wonderfully exuberant as toys coming to life in Pixar's first film. The concept of a game coming to life is made even more exciting by encoding prospects of deadly animals such as lions, mysterious mosquitoes and violent talented monkeys. Everything is thought of and what a treat we have in our hands.
There is now a new definition of family entertainment, known as Pixar. Since releasing Toy Story after this was released they have been dominating the box office with wonderful family tales about sentimental robots, cooking rats and racing cars. And to rewind the clock back 14 years this picture is to be hailed as the beginning of the end.
A truly new concept with very little explanation required and a marvellous array of hormonal characters with breathtaking action and enough humour to make you smile, this was and still is marvellous.
Family entertainment now either involves a boy with a wand, Harry something, or sitting in your living room watching Simon Cowell make fun of ordinary folk.
The reprisal if you want to call it that of non-animated picture was in 2005 where Jon Favreau attempted a step up from this picture, by using the same concept of a board game coming to life and applied it with a sci-fi edge, set in space. Whilst there were moments of good action it boiled down to being a repetitive ideology of this 1995 classic with not enough quick wit and mistimed action sequences with an egregious sentimental intention of brotherly love.
This has none of that. There are no overly soppy sentimental parts as the required drama is justified early on. The action continues consistently with first initial deadly elements before the stakes are raised. Van Pelt adds a sharp intake of breath threw his evidently evil hunter, which actually is never properly explained, but that is the point. Nothing is explained, events just happen and we can sit back and enjoy the fun spilling out from every angle.
Johnston is the man in the know as the adventure flows with exquisite timing. The scene with the house flood is a perfect example whilst the monkey motorbike stage shows his ability to do comedy.
This truly is a remarkable film and is worth watching again and again for its wondrous story, its loveable collection of characters and easy sharp mind. This is family entertainment!
on 27 January 2008
Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting, Mrs Doubtfire) stars as Alan Parish, a man who comes back from being trapped inside a board game, to find his home town in ruins, and the only way to bring it back, is if he finishes the game.
This is a great fantasy adventure from director Joe Johnston who combines stunning and exciting visual effects with a gripping and mysterious plot.
The imagination about the board game makes the film amazing with various typical jungle elements encoded to anchor the plot and combine excitement and suspense to the narrative and characters.
Robin Williams is fantastic as Alan Parish, an uncomfortable soul who has had a difficult childhood, one which audiences can sympathize with.
Bonnie Hunt (Cars) is also an interesting character to watch. Juxtaposed with Williams, the two have good on screen chemistry as they hurtle through a remarkable adventure involving everything the jungle can bring.
The film encodes the semantic field of jungle life, with all the exotic surroundings used as dangerous and deadly elements. The use of animals is also a brilliant motive to get the film up and running in excitement.
Jumanji, as well as being well written and visually stunning, is also very funny. Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman) and Bradley Pierce (The Borrowers) along with Williams provide the most laughs in an enjoyable fantasy adventure for the whole family.