Now that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has finally made it home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, despite still playing in some select theaters, it's the perfect time to take dissect this blockbuster in a humorous way with a new Honest Trailer. While this reboot of the 1995 movie Jumanji isn't technically a video game adaptation, it does spend a lot of time poking fun at video game tropes, and while there still hasn't been a truly successful video game movie yet, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may be the closest thing thus far.
The trailer opens with narrator Jon Bailey poking fun at Jumanji's studio, Sony Pictures, who can't seem to put together a successful movie franchise, after failing with The Amazing Spider-Man movies, The Emoji Movie and the Ghostbusters reboot. While most weren't expecting much out of this Jumanji reboot, it ended up becoming one of the biggest, and most surprising hits of the year, taking in $402.8 million domestic and $945.9 million international, more than 10 times its relatively modest $90 million budget. The narrator is rather surprised at how fun the movie was and that it was something he wouldn't mind seeing more of, which, given the success of the movie, will certainly happen at some point.
The narrator also points out how there is barely any connection to the original movie at all, except for the title and the reference to Alan Parrish, Robin Williams' character from the 1995 original. He also pokes fun at the Breakfast Club-esque nature of the four main characters, the nerd (Alex Wolff), the jock (Ser'darius Blain), the hot girl (Madison Iseman) and the quirky girl (Morgan Turner) are turned into avatars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black) who help them overcome their shortcomings and become better people. While Bailey adds that the movie and its characters may be "on the nose," it's still a lot of fun.
The trailer also pokes fun at how all of the four main actors play against their normal types, except for Kevin Hart, with Bailey adding that, "Kevin Hart always Kevin Harts." It also pokes fun at how the movie tries to explore and subvert video game tropes like non-player characters (NPC's), although there are scenes when NPC's are talking to each other, which wouldn't actually happen in a real video game. Bailey takes the movie to task for dropping this video game pretense to "be a normal adventure movie again," but that still doesn't diminish the fun this movie has to offer.
The trailer also addresses the once-controversial issue of Karen Gillan's costume, which many fans were quite upset about when the first official photo surfaced after production started. What fans didn't know at the time was this costume was used to poke fun at male video game designers creating female characters, along with other well-worn tropes of video games. While we wait for any word on Jumanji 2, take a look at this hilarious Honest Trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, courtesy of Screen Junkies YouTube.