Cast and crew reunite for a worthy return to the wild in Jumanji: The Next Level
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Coming home for the holidays, Spencer is welcomed home by his mom (Marin Hinkle) and his grandfather Eddie (Danny DeVito), the latter of which is recovering from recent hip surgery. But as Spencer is dodging hanging out with his friends, it turns out Eddie is also less than happy to see an old face when his former business partner Milo (Danny Glover), who has turned up after 15 years away mysteriously.
But before Eddie, Fridge, Martha or Bethany is able to figure out why Spencer is avoiding them or why Milo has shown up, they make a discovery that is about to change literally game: Spencer has for some reason and somehow been sucked back into Jumanji – and the game has been upgraded to the next level.
The Next Level has all of the things that made the previous Jumanji film worthwhile: Great chemistry among its cast; Black gets to play another hilarious out of body experience as does Hart as the slow-speaking Milo with Gillan, Johnson, DeVito and Awkafina all getting their respective chances to shine while pushing their PG-13 language limitations. The action sequences are thrilling (one in particular with a group of rampaging mandrills that is possibly too intense for young children) and the story maintains the underlying heart of friendship present in the first film while making sure the sequel has enough stamina to stand on its own. Thus, if you enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, you’ll likely find The Next Level a fitting sequel full of entertaining adventure.
Whether or not a likely third adventure doesn’t suffer pitfalls (pun intended), however, remains to be seen …