“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” offers a modern twist to the original 1995 film, “Jumanji,” in which a group of kids is trapped inside a board game.

Released on Dec. 20, the sequel shares a similar story with its predecessor, but instead, it follows a group of highschoolers who are trapped in a video game and must escape, before losing all their digital — and eventually real — lives.

Both movies include a well-known cast. Just as the original film featured the much-loved Robin Williams, the new “Jumanji” casts the hunky Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the hilarious Jack Black and Kevin Hart, and the teenage heart-throb, Nick Jonas.



Together, these actors make for an extremely entertaining and absolutely hilarious theater experience as they venture through the jungle in an attempt to beat the video game — or become stuck in it forever.

Solving challenges such as stealing helicopters, killing venomous snakes and running from crazed hippos, this is a light film that is likely to make the audience laugh out loud.

Having already passed $500 million in the international box office, according to Variety, the well-advertised film has been a hit.

Although its plotline is mostly innocent, the film’s humor is what gives it the PG-13 rating, and taking small children to see it in theaters should probably be skipped.

While the film is funny, its plot is definitely not a work of cinematic brilliance. If you are looking for a film that is intellectually stimulating, this is not the one.

The writers do attempt to throw in some words of wisdom and try their hand at creating a young romance, but these attempts were somewhat awkward and not the most creative.

The film is directed by Jake Kasdan and is definitely not a drama. It is slightly an action film but mostly it is just a comedy.

I was completely entertained during the whole film and was nowhere near falling asleep, which some movies will do to me.

If you are looking to relax, eat popcorn and laugh, this movie definitely makes for a good trip to the theater for teens and adults alike.

Timber Mabes is a culture reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at culture@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @timbermabes.