Why “Jumanji” Two and Three Are Better Than the First


This is a collage of the movie posters from each “Jumanji” movie. Old to New; Right to Left.

The first “Jumanji” movie was released on Dec. 15, 1995. It is about how a board game comes to life when two young kids play it after finding it in their new house.

Starring celebrities like Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black, the second “Jumanji” (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”), was released on Dec. 20, 2017. In this second version of the Robin Williams classic, the Jumanji board game turns into a video game, and five teenagers get stuck in the game and they have to try to survive. 

The third “Jumanji” (“Jumanji: The Next Level”) came out in theatres on  Dec. 13, 2019. The same characters play the same game, but it has a twist with the addition of new characters. 

The original “Jumanji” does not have as good graphics as the new one, but the graphics in the two new movies show more color to the pictures, and the original doesn’t show as much vibrancy to it. 

“Jumanji” two and three are more entertaining because they are funnier than the older version. The older version is a fantasy thriller, which just makes it a movie about trying to survive a board game coming to life. The newer versions are a mix of comedy, thriller and action, so it cracks jokes while trying to beat the game.

Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) is Franklin Finbar (Kevin Hart) in the virtual version of “Jumanji”. His character’s weakness in the second film is cake. They enter a market place and eat what they think is bread. Bethany (Madison Iseman) who plays as Professor Shelly (Jack Black) ate the cake, and Fridge did the same. He blew up afterwards. They find the fifth player (Nick Jonas) who was in the game before them and Fridge tells him, “Cake makes me blow up.” 

Another example of how they add humor to the newer versions of “Jumanji” is when they were figuring out their strengths and weaknesses. Spencer (Alex Wolff) who is Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) in the video game, had no weaknesses but figured out that he had the strength of smoldering intensity. He would look away in the distance and make a strange face when anything interesting happened. 

The second and third “Jumanji” is better in every way than the first one. From image quality to a newly added sense of humor, the movie series got an overall upgrade. With so many famous actors in them as well, it makes them more likable to the audience than the first.