I remember not expecting much from 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, only to be pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. More sharply written and funny than it had any right to be, that Jake Kasdan movie proved that sequels arriving decades after the originals don't have to be cash-in trash. Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle was a damn good time.
Today, we've got the first trailer for the sequel to that, uh, sequel (I guess this is a trilogy, but it feels weird to apply that word here, no?), now titled Jumanji: The Next Level.
How's it look? See what you think.
So, first thing's first: Jumanji: The Next Level is basically the same set-up as Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, only this time everyone's playing different characters. This is a fun switcheroo, to be sure, but what really makes it work is the reveal that The Rock appears to be playing Danny DeVito. This is a very clever gambit on the part of Jumanji: The Next Level's writers, because there is no way in hell we aren't gonna see a movie - literally any movie, by any director, of any quality and/or within any genre - where The Rock channels Danny DeVito. This feels like it was made specifically with our interests in mind, and we thank everyone involved.
Anyhoo, here's an official plot synopsis:
"In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game."
Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters on December 19th. Y'all gonna check it out, or will you be holding out for Tom Hooper's Cats? Sound off below.