What the actual fuck is this shit?
I first heard the book "Jumanji" when I was in Kindergarten. I can't remember specific details or anything like that. But I remember the general gist. Chris Van Allsburg's children's book revolved around two siblings who find an abandoned board game at a park. They are instructed to not start the game unless they intend to finish. When their characters run into a danger in the game, that danger comes to life. Its a crazy concept, but the concept worked for a children's book. I remember it being a fun story, and I was drawn in to the peculiar yet fascinating artwork which was all black-and-white. I still pretty young when the book adaptation came starring Robin Williams.
I liked the movie when I was young. As I have gotten older, I don't think much of it. Its a really silly movie, with cheesy special effects and changes made to the film from the book to set up typical Hollywood cliches. I wouldn't recommend it to many and its not a movie I think about often.
Now, there is a trailer for "Jumanji 2." But I refuse to call this movie by its title. This is not "Jumanji." The first "Jumanji" film may have not aged well, but it was, at the very least, a somewhat faithful adaptation. At least the essence and gist of the book was right. In this sequel, four teenagers in detention are forced to clean a large room at their school. Only to get sucked into a video game called "Jumanji?" Yeah, I don't know what this is, but its not "Jumanji." This is a completely different movie that is trying to cash out on something else. Its the most shameless example of this I can think of in recent years.
I refuse to call this "Jumanji 2." I refuse.