Part of the fun of Jumanji was, apart from the fact that Robin Williams was in the film, was its seeming plausibility. Opening a board game and finding the horrors inside made sense.
The Jumanji remake, titled Welcome to the Jungle, starts with a bunch of kids finding something that looks like a ColecoVision. It doesn’t get better from there.
The whole concept is that the four kids find an old video game, rather than a board game, and they end up playing as their selected avatars. That’s the explanation for how Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart suddenly appear in the film, anyway.
In the original Jumanji, the board game seemed a lot more threatening because the kids were just launched into the board game as themselves, not given any special powers, extra physicality or any ability to handle the threats that were coming their way. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle just looks like a shitty action movie, but hopefully come Boxing Day it has a little bit more to that.
But so far, I really doubt it.