Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New in Theaters for December 20, 2017 "The Greatest Showman" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart
Rated PG-13 

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.

“Jumanji” is the sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams action adventure move, and although the original film was darker and felt more dangerous, this revisit takes the safer road.

The plot of the film is for our four heroes to return a stolen jewel to its rightful place and lift the curse that has thrown the land of Jumanji into ruin.

The film never strays off the path of that simple plot, and although the group begins to learn and trust each other, the film just has no spark to really engage the audience.

Most of the film's entertainment comes from a wonderfully comic performance by Jack Black, whose character is a teenage girl. Black never wastes a frame of film in this performance. Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Dwayne Johnson all but in good performances, but never rise above the kind of roles we are used to seeing them play.

All in all “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” ends up an average comedy, with a stand out performance by Jack Black.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13

The Greatest Showman
Starring: Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams
Rated PG 

Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical celebrating the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

“The Greatest Showman” is simply one of the best films this year. The balance of this inspiring story with its acting, choreography and the exuberance of the music it is set to, makes this film as perfect as it can get.

The Greatest Showman” needs to be seen. It gets an A and it is rated PG.