I must say, I really liked Jumanj: The Next Level. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be any good as is the way with most sequels. However, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think I enjoyed this one more than Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (the first Jumanji sequel). This one is more funny, although it could be because I had the benefit of watching it in a packed theater. There is something about sitting in a full theater with a laughing crowd.
The premise of Jumanji: The Next Level is that one of the main characters – Spencer – is dissatisfied with his life, and so he resurrects Jumanji, which is the last place he recalls feeling important. His friends, concerned when they cannot get a hold of him, realize what he has done and go in after him. However, things don’t go quite as planned and Spencer’s granddad (played by Danny DeVito) and an elderly friend (Danny Glover) get sucked in to the game as well.
What I found most hilarious was watching Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart channel Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, respectively. It was funny to see adult men pretending to be older men in a younger body. Kevin Hart in particular did a great job of maintaining Danny Glover’s calm demeanor and personality.
While the movie was funny, my favorite thing about the movie was the message. Eddie, Spencer’s grandfather, is aging. He is recovering from hip surgery and doesn’t want to let anyone help him. He is an old, cranky man who resents growing old. However, by the end of the movie, he realizes that maybe getting old isn’t such a bad thing. My favorite line in the movie is Eddie’s statement:
Getting old is a gift. I forget that sometimes, but it is. What more could a guy possibly want?
In a world where we are so focused on remaining young in appearance, it is nice to be reminded that aging truly is a gift. It is a sign of a life lived and adventures had. Not everyone lives long enough to grow old; be thankful for the life you’ve lived.
Parents should note that there is some crude humor referencing male anatomy as well as some profanity.
I didn’t actually watch this Netflix movie (actually, I walked in at the end of it – twice!), but my sisters did. They said it was extremely cute and innocent. They liked it so much they watched it again with our cousin.
The story is about a British knight who goes on a quest and finds himself transported to present day New York. On his journey to become a true knight and return to England, he touches the lives of everyone in the town, helping to spread joy, happiness, and Christmas spirit.
In terms of quality, this is akin to a Hallmark film. So if you need a light-hearted, kid-friendly, holiday movie to veg out to, you might want to give The Knight Before Christmas a try.
Christmas isn’t over yet! Not until January 5! So, there is still time to catch up on some Christmas movies.
Klaus is the best new Christmas movie I’ve seen in a long time! It was cute, funny, very clever, and in my opinion, a unique telling of the origins of Santa Claus.
The story focuses on a young man, Jesper, who has grown up (well, that part is debatable), in the lap of luxury, thanks to his father’s prosperous postal business. Disgusted by his son’s lazy, spoiled behavior, Jesper’s father sends him to the town of Smeerensburg with instructions to mail 6,000 letters in one year or he will be cut from the family fortune.
Upon his arrival in Smeerensburg, Jesper discovers a depressed and unfriendly town whose two major families are engaged in a bitter feud (not unlike the Hatfields and McCoys.) This family feud puts Jesper’s dreams of returning home in jeopardy as no one writes letters. Determined not to remain in this frozen-dung-heap of a town forever, Jesper concocts a clever scheme to reach his postal quota, and consequently, Santa is born!
Definitely worth a watch, this film is full of laughs and family fun!
P.S. It is going on my “favorites” list.
It amazes me how people can see the same movie and come out with drastically different opinions. Two of my friends really liked Rise of Skywalker; I, on the other hand, kept checking my watch to see when it would be over.
Personally, I found the movie to be slow and poorly scripted. As it is incredibly hard for me to support my opinion without giving away spoilers, you will just have to watch it and decide for yourself.
If you like it – GREAT!
If you don’t, I’m sorry you wasted $15 dollars and 2.5 hrs of your life.
My suggestion – wait until you can view it on Disney+ or get it from the library.
Angela’s Christmas is a cute Christmas story geared towards young children and based off of a book called Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt. The movie tells the story of Angela who notices that the Baby Jesus in the manger has no clothes. Concerned he is cold, she steals him in an attempt warm him up.
While the movie is geared towards children, adults will enjoy watching the show with their child/children as Angela’s genuine sincerity as she tries to warm Baby Jesus will put a smile on your face. I will be putting it on my “favorites” list for those with young children.