Jumanji: The Next Level plunges us into a video-game-like set-up with the players jumping back and forth between different universes and time schemes.
Featuring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart, the two-hour-long adventure film chronicles a mind-blowing story even the avid fans of the original movie will find enthralling.
Are any Jumanji: The Next Level spoilers out yet?
While the spoilers have yet to see the light of day, a vast number of reviews have already been published about the movie.
The best narrative twists might be still undercover, but the first articles offer plentiful of information about what viewers should expect.
As the Hollywood Reporter's Kirsten Chuba reveals, Jumanji: The Next Level unpicks further the possibilities the video-game-style format offers. Unlike in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the narrative explores the difficulties the players find themselves facing once they realize that the bodies they have to inhabit aren't according to their choosing.
The movie begins with Spencer (Alex Wolff) opting to restart the game on a whim.
Yearning for temporary escape, the young man goes back to the fictive world in the hope of attaining Smolder Bravestone's fierce physique and charming persona.
Much to his surprise, this doesn't happen. Instead, he has to play as Ming (Awkwafina), a nifty swindler with a penchant for coining the perfect ripostes, but no muscles to boast.
Too worried about Spencer's well-being, the old gang gathers together to decide what's best, and soon enough, they join the game as well.
Fridge's (Ser'Darius Blain) avatar is the clumsy, ever-so-adorable zoologist, Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), while Martha (Morgan Turner) gets to be Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan).
Spencer's namby-pamby grandfather (Danny DeVito) gets Smolder (Dwayne Johnson) the avatar Spencer was pining for, while his friend, Milo (Danny Glover) transforms into zoologist Mouse Finbar (Kevin Hart).
The first articles to be published about the adventure movie univocally applaud Kevin Hart's exceptional performance as Mouse. Awkwafina's portrayal of Ming garnered some raving reviews as well, with many prompting that the Crazy Rich Asians actress exceeded all expectations.
So, what's the verdict? Is Jumanji 2 as good as the previous movie?
Many were fascinated by the avatar switcheroo, the element that drives the narrative forward for the most part.
As Digital Spy's Ian Sandwell explains, the clever twist gives way to some exceptionally funny scenes, while also allowing the actors to showcase their true talents.
As Ian's describes, Jumanji 2 packs the same punch as the 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, proving that the fantastic story was more than worthy of revisiting one more time.
"All in all, Jumanji: The Next Level is a hugely likable and consistently entertaining follow-up," holds his verdict of the film.
The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore is on a similar point of view when it comes to the performances, writing that the body-swapping gave way to some absolutely exhilarating dialogues and allowing the actors to test their avatar's limitations.
We only have one question left: Will Jumani: The Next Level be able to beat Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
Jumanji: The Next Level will arrive to cinemas on Thursday, Dec. 12.
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