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JUMANJI – THE NEXT LEVEL (2019): The Things I Liked…

 Jumanji - The Next Level (2019), Dwayne Johnson, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jumanji – The Next Level (2019), Dwayne Johnson, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Jumanji – The Next Level, a comedy / adventure where four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji‘s world, the very place where they have to escape an endless variety of jungle traps and survive, is a movie almost as good as Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

There is a fair amount of newness in this second instalment to keep things interesting. Firstly, the characters are on a completely new level with new dangers, traps and puzzles. Then there’s the addition of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover’s characters. Yet, even with all this newness and more, the main reason director Jake Kasdan’s latest didn’t come out in front for me is in large part because sequels just can’t be as ‘fresh and new’ as their predecessors.

I did also find the ending of the first movie / solving of the final puzzle that little bit more satisfying and action packed. That’s not to say that Kasdan’s film doesn’t feature some very well choreographed action sequences of its own – because the scene with the mandrills and bridges is quite impressive.

In terms of the characters, DeVito as grandpa is the main highlight for me. Followed by the parts played by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson – unsurprisingly. I just really love their great chemistry, comic timing and fun dialogue. I also remember particularly appreciating Hart’s delivery of the below line, in Glover’s speaking voice and cadence. 

Did I die – and turn into some kind of muscular Boy Scout?’

One more highlight is of course, the ‘special skill’ of the beautiful black horse.

Watch Jumanji – The Next Level because you’re curious and it’s good. Also, especially if you had fun watching 2017’s Jumanji movie.

Happy Film Loving 

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JUMANJI – THE NEXT LEVEL (2019): New Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan…

Jumanji - The Next Level (2019), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black
Jumanji – The Next Level (2019), Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Jumanji – The Next Level (2019).


Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black return for Jumanji – The Next Level, a sequel to 2017’s rather popular Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, this time when the friends are back in Jumanji, the team realise that things are quite different within the world’s most dangerous game…

This looks as though it’ll be fun. I like the twist and look forward to more of Hart speaking like Danny Glover.

Madison Iseman, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Colin Hanks, Alex Wolff, Nick Jonas, Danny Glover, Ser’Darius Blain and Rhys Darby also star.

Jumanji – The Next Level Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US)…

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THE UPSIDE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston
The Upside (2019), Bryan Cranston

TRight away, I want to confirm that The Intouchables (2011), the French film on which The Upside is based is absolutely better than this remake starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman.

Centred around the friendship that emerges between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him, The Upside isn’t an exact copy of The Intouchables. There are some scenes that are very much the same. There are also a few more characters that were added; mainly the one played very well by Aja Naomi King.

I found that the best parts in director Neil Burger’s movie are the moments that weren’t too close to exact copies of scenes from the original. The original scenes always came out on top in my mind.

As for the performances, King was great in her role. Cranston, his super comic timing and Kidman are also undoubtedly very talented actors. Yet, even with all this seasoned talent, there’s no saving this movie from itself. It’s missing that special spark, all-round chemistry and flow that the original has. I enjoyed some of the comic moments between Cranston and Hart’s characters (especially during the birthday pary) but since The Upside is Hart’s first dramatic role, there’s definitely room for him to grow – and I look forward to seeing that progression in future performances.

On summary, watch The Upside if you really want to see for yourself how different it is from The Intouchables. Otherwise, it’s probably better to watch other great works by the talented cast. 

Happy Film Loving 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (2019): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet…

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019)
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019)

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019).


The Secret Life Of Pets 2, the sequel to the fun animated comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day is here.

Directed by Chris Renaud, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt and Eric Stonestreet are among teh key cast…

I’m in for all the cuteness and hoping that my favourite character from the first movie (Gidget) still shows up in this sequel.

Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Albert Brooks, Jenny Slate and Nick Kroll also star.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (UK); June 7th, 2019 (US)…

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THE UPSIDE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Upside (2017)


The Upside is a remake of French film The Intouchables (2011), the story of the relationship between a wealthy paraplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman star while Neil Burger directs…

There’s no denying it, The Intouchables  is a great movie and could have done without a remake. At the same time though, I think I may actually have fun seeing how different this remake is to the original. I could also be wrong about that last statement but I don’t mind finding out. Furthermore, I want to see what comedian Kevin Hart can do in a more dramatic role.

Julianna Margulies, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan and Aja Naomi King also star.

The Upside Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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JUMANJI – WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart
Jumanji (2017), Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, I found Jumanji – Welcome To The jungle to be OK. It’s just the kind of silly fun that kids will likely love most. It’s well modernised and there were some amusing moments, especially courtesy of  Jack Black’s portrayal of a teenage girl and Kevin Hart’s one-liners.

The reason that Jumanji is OK and not great is because by the end, I felt as though something was missing from the movie. Perhaps it’s substance, heart, character development or a mixture and then some, but for me, the amusing and clever moments aside, something is definitely missing at the very core. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t wholly convinced of Nick Jonas’s acting skills.

As I watched the film, the jungle setting did have me reminiscing about how much fun I had while watching Kong Skull Island (2017). Overall, I say watch Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle if you’re curious enough. It may just be the kind of silly fun you need.

Happy Film Loving

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NIGHT SCHOOL (2018): New Trailer From Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Taran Killam, Mary Lynn Rajskub…

Night School (2018), Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam
Night School (2018), Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam

In new comedy Night School, Kevin Hart plays a member of a group of grown up troublemakers who are forced to attend night school in hopes that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam and Mary Lynn Rajskub also star…

I’m giving this one a chance in hopes that I’ll be plenty amused. Director of The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013),  Michael D. Lee is in charge. So the hope is very much alive.

Additional cast includes Keith David, Ben Schwartz, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Bresha Webb and Jacob Batalon.

Night School Release Dates: September 28th, 2018 (US & UK)…

Read my spoiler free review of Night School.

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS – THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE (2017): New Trailer From Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms…

Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie (2017), Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold)
Captain Underpants – The First Epic Movie (2017), Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold)

In Captain Underpants – The First Epic Movie, Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch are the voices of two mischievous elementary school kids. Directed by David Soren and based on the popular books by Dave Pilkey, the two very naughty fourth graders hypnotise their principal into becoming their comic book creation, Captain Underpants…

I’m intrigued enough to see it. The only question is how distracting it will be that Kevin Hart is voicing a fourth grader and he sounds exactly as his real life adult self.

Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal also star.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Release Dates: June 2nd, 2017 (US); July 21st, 2017 (UK)…

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