Taking place twenty years after the events of the first film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle evolves into a video game set in a jungle complete with human-eating albino rhinos and a deadly mission for the protagonists to complete before they can return to the real world. While the film is a nod to late actor Robin Williams, who starred in the original version, the modern approach it takes by turning the game into a video game and its players into avatars feels fresh and relatable.
The film begins by introducing the four main leads in their predictable and ultra clichéd lives. The geek, Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolf), is the smart one, always striving for approval and attention. His best friend Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain), is the high school football star who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The beautiful blonde, Bethany Walker (Madison Iseman), a self-absorbed teenager obsessed with her looks and her cell phone. And of course, the nerdy red head, Martha Kaply (Morgan Turner), who thinks sports are a waste of time, and prefers to spend her days in pursuit of an Ivy League education.