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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review – Spoiler Free

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is a film which comes directed by Jake Kasdan who some may know as the director of 2014’s Sex Tape. This film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas.

Some may know Jumanji from the original 1995 film starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. While initially upon seeing trailers, I had thought this to be a reboot of the series, this film is actually a sequel to the first one. Instead of the board game bringing things out into the real world though, it is now a video game and the characters get sucked into the world of Jumanji. This is all actually fairly similar to what happened in the animated series.

When I first started seeing the trailers for the film and having known what both the original film and the animated series were like, I had thought that they seemed to be getting Jumanji all wrong. I couldn’t see The Hunter character or anything I knew, it was all different and didn’t grab my attention at all. But I can tell you though, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is surprisingly a lot better than you might be expecting it to be. It’s really not at all a disaster and were I a kid today watching this at the cinema, I think I’d be quite pleased with it all.

In this story, we see a couple of high school kids, with their regular high school kid issues such as one being a nerd, one lacking confidence, one popular kid and one unpopular one. They all get detention on the same day and they find this old video game console and manage to get it working. Little do they know that it’s not an ordinary console, but a Jumanji one. Once they all pick their characters, they get sucked into the console and become the characters we see in the trailer. Once in there, they must defeat the Jumanji game, but with only a few lives each, will they be able to survive Jumanji or will the game defeat them?

Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas and Kevin Hart - Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas and Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

The characters aren’t without depth and actually become well developed as the story progresses. The message of the film and much of the themes are about the kids growing up and realising that they can be confident in themselves and who they are. I found the story interesting and the film has an overall ‘feel good’ meaning to it all. Throughout the film there’s also quite a few video game jokes all throughout it as well, which I thought were funny.

The film is really something that’s for kids though, I would recommend it for anyone I think from maybe 8-15 to watch. That age group will really enjoy this one and it should be a lot of fun for them.

Most people who watched the original Jumanji like myself when I was younger and still in school, will likely either just prefer the original better (it’s better), but might still have some fun with this one. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Although I did go in with low expectations, I did come out quite entertained.

The actors in this film I think brought up the entertainment value a lot higher than maybe the script could have. Dwayne Johnson always seems to be entertaining no matter what type of script he has. Even when he’s just throwing a pose on screen, people enjoy that and smile. In this he’s in the muscle/action man role and much of the action scenes do go his way, which I think was the right play. Both Jack Black and Kevin Hart fill in the comedy roles for the film and between the two they deliver quite a few laughs along the way. Karen Gillan was also fun to watch, she plays the only female of the group so does become the love interest and also I guess the eye candy of the film (it is for teens after all). But put together, these four did provide some very entertaining and enjoyable performances.

Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, and Kevin Hart - Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, and Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Review

The film comes with a few action scenes, there’s animals such as elephants, rhino’s, hippo’s and jaguars in the jungle that the characters either fight or run and hide from. There’s also a bunch of bad guys who drive bikes and have some pretty heavy weaponry. The action isn’t too strong as this is a live action children’s film, it’s light, but does match the light comedic tone of the film quite well.

Overall Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle is a surprisingly entertaining film experience and an enjoyable sequel to the first film. It’s not going to blow anyone away as the greatest film ever, but it is entertaining and funny. I also felt that it had some nice themes and an overall nice message to it all in the end. I felt happy after watching this one and it was good going back into the Jumanji universe yet again as I used to really enjoy it when I was a kid, even though it is very different now. Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are all as entertaining as ever. As a kid’s film, if you know anyone who is a teen or maybe a little younger, they’ll likely have a great time with this and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed at all.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber Review

Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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