“Jumanji” Movie (2017) — Funny, But Lacks The Suspenseful Drama Of The 1995 Original.
This is THE issue.
2017 nowhere near close to having the PUNCH of the 1995.
I had seen that a new version, i.e., ‘2017’, of ‘Jumanji‘ was out, but had no real desire to see it. I kind of suspected it would be anticlimactic after the first (i.e., the 1995 version) plus I had seen the 1995 version too many times.
When the 1995 version came out on VCR, probably in 1996, both Danielle and Matthew were still ‘little’. Not sure who I got it for, but we certainly had it and it was watched TOO MANY times. I know that I had sat through the entire movie multiple times and that is v. rare for I. But, it was a compelling movie.
The 2017 sure is FUNNY. You cannot take that away. But, it doesn’t grab you like does the 1995. That was the difference. There was nothing suspenseful or scary in the 2017 version. It was kind of slapstick with clever computer-generated special effects.
Don’t get me wrong. It is definitely watchable — BUT I don’t think I would want to see it again, in a hurry.
Glancing through the IMDb.com listing prior to writing I learned something to my HORROR. Both movies are supposed to be set in New Hampshire! That makes me livid because the supposed New Hampshire settings, e.g., the high school and houses, don’t look ANYTHING like what we really have in NH. I hate when they do that. The supposed NH scenes were shot in Georgia! Come on. Don’t do that.