|PLOTIn 2019, three years after their adventure in Jumanji, Spencer Gilpin, Anthony "Fridge" Johnson, Martha Kaply, and Bethany Walker lead different lives, but plan a reunion brunch in Brantford, New Hampshire, that year. Spencer, apprehensive of the meeting due to his comparatively dull life, contemplates returning to Jumanji where he had purpose, and spends his first night looking over the broken video-game system he held onto. The following day, his friends visit his home, meeting with Spencer's grandfather Eddie, who is recovering from hip surgery, and Eddie's former friend and business partner Milo Walker, who is visiting for an unknown reason. Learning that they have no idea where Spencer is, the group searches the house and finds the Jumanji game partially repaired in the basement. Realizing Spencer returned to the game, his friends decide to follow him.
The game malfunctions when starting up, drawing in Fridge, Martha, Eddie and Milo, leaving Bethany and forcing her to contact fellow Jumanji alumnus Alex Vreeke for help. Inside the game, Martha finds herself as her avatar Ruby Roundhouse, yet Fridge becomes Bethany's avatar Professor Sheldon Oberon, while Eddie and Milo become Spencer and Fridge's avatars Dr. Smolder Bravestone and Franklin "Mouse" Finbar respectively. After instructing Eddie and Milo on the game's rules, the group encounters non-player character Nigel Billingsley, the game's guide, who reveals that since its last use, Jumanji is suffering from a massive drought. To leave the game, Nigel reveals that the group must recover the "Falcon Jewel" – a magical necklace stolen by warlord Jurgen the Brutal – which can end the drought if brought before sunlight and uttering "Jumanji".
Transported to a desert called the Dunes to track down Jurgen, and after narrowly escaping a flock of pursuing ostriches, the group encounters Spencer operating as skilled thief Ming Fleetfoot, a new avatar, who agrees to help them after blaming himself for their predicament. While attempting to escape the Dunes, the group faces new challenges and problems, along with collecting an in-game item called a Jumanji Berry, and discovering a pool of glowing green water that allows them to switch avatars. In the process, Eddie bickers with Milo, revealing their friendship ended when Milo sold a diner they owned behind Eddie's back, forcing him into retirement. During their argument, Eddie realises that Milo is terminally ill and wanted to make amends before he died – the two reconcile their differences with Eddie saving Milo's life during a Mandrill attack. After the group crosses a series of rope bridges they are reunited with Alex, as his avatar Jefferson McDonough, and Bethany, operating a new avatar called Cyclone – a black horse that can only be understood by Finbar.
Working together, the party leaves the Dunes, and finds a river with the same glowing green water, allowing Spencer, Bethany, and Fridge to become their original avatars, while Eddie and Milo respectively end up as Ming and Cyclone. Shortly after changing characters, Jurgen's mercenaries capture Eddie and Milo. The group infiltrates Jurgen's fortress separately to rescue teammates and steal the Falcon Jewel. When the confrontation turns into a battle, Spencer pursues Jurgen to his airship, while the others distract his men. Finding himself unable to best Jurgen, Spencer discovers he is weak to the Jumanji Berry, incapacitating him long enough to send him plummeting to his death in the wintery fog below. Discovering Cyclone has retractable wings that allow him to fly, Eddie and Milo work together to rescue Spencer and bring the recovered Falcon's Heart to the sun, calling out "Jumanji" and ending the drought.
Returning the necklace to Nigel for safekeeping, the group is surprised when Milo elects to stay behind and protect the land. Upon returning to the real world, Spencer decides to teach his grandfather about video games, while Eddie uses what he learned in the game to convince the owner of his old diner to hire him on as a manager, with his grandson and his friends turning up to enjoy a meal together.
In a mid-credits scene, the heating mechanic who Spencer's mother hired finally shows up, only to be drawn to the game, while Spencer and the others are surprised to witness a flock of ostriches rush past the diner.
|2019Personal Rating50Rotten Tomatoes Avg80MetaCritic Avg61IMDb Rating67Combined Rating61.5|
|PLOTIn 1996 Brantford, New Hampshire, teenager Alex Vreeke receives a board game called Jumanji from his father. Uninterested, Alex sets it aside, only to find it transformed into a video game cartridge after being entranced by the game's drum beats later that night. Opting to play the game, he is suddenly sucked inside upon choosing a character. His disappearance results in his family's house becoming known as the 'Freak house' fall into disrepair.
20 years later, four Brantford High School students – rebellious Martha Kaply, shallow Bethany Walker, awkward Spencer Gilpin, and athlete Anthony "Fridge" Johnson – are sent to clean up the school's basement for detention. While searching it, Fridge discovers Alex's discarded video game system, which he and Spencer decide to play and encourage the girls to join them. While picking their characters, they are unable to select the first one, so they choose the remaining four. Upon starting the game, each is sucked into Jumanji, landing in a jungle as their chosen characters – Spencer as muscular explorer and archaeologist Dr. Smolder Bravestone; Fridge as diminutive zoologist Franklin "Mouse" Finbar; Martha as commando and martial arts expert Ruby Roundhouse; and Bethany as male cartographer and paleontologist Professor Shelly Oberon.
While coming to terms with their situation, the group find three marks on their arms denoting lives. Spencer theorizes that if they lose all three, they will die in real life. The group encounter non-player character Nigel Billingsley, the game's guide, who provides them with the game's narrative and their characters' backstories. The group learn that their goal is to end a curse on Jumanji, brought about by corrupt archaeologist Professor Van Pelt after he stole a magic jewel called the "Jaguar's Eye" from its shrine and gained control of all the jungle's animals. Nigel hands Spencer the jewel, having stolen it from Van Pelt, and instructs the group to return it to a statue at the shrine and call out "Jumanji" in order to "lift the curse" and leave the game before driving off.
Coping with their avatars, their "weaknesses", Van Pelt's men, and Spencer and Fridge's animosity towards one another, the group encounter Alex operating the fifth avatar – pilot Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough – who takes them to a jungle house built by Alan Parrish, the game's previous player. Upon realizing his identity, the group is collectively shocked upon learning how long he has been trapped in the game after Alex says he was trapped for months. Now with a common goal, the group vow to help Alex return home with them. Dealing with further problems while heading for the shrine, the group coordinate to overcome them, eventually reaching the shrine, where Van Pelt corners them. Working together, Fridge, Bethany, and Alex distract Van Pelt while Spencer and Martha outmaneuver him with the game's mechanics, returning the jewel to the statue. Upon calling out Jumanji together, the group destroy Van Pelt and return home.
Returning to the school basement, the group find Alex is not with them. After leaving school, they unexpectedly find the Vreeke home restored and decorated for a Christmas family gathering. The group is greeted by Alex, now an adult, who explains he returned to 1996, which allowed him to lead a married life with children; with his eldest daughter named after Bethany, who revived him with one of her lives in the game.
The four students become friends after their experiences in the game, with Bethany becoming a better person and Spencer starting a relationship with Martha. When the group hear Jumanji's drumbeats coming from the game cartridge, Fridge crushes it to prevent anyone else from playing it.
|2017Personal Rating60Rotten Tomatoes Avg82MetaCritic Avg63IMDb Rating69Combined Rating66.6|