🎥🍣 Movie Sushi — Jumanji
Drumming comes from a box. Two boys bury it, saying if someone digs it up, may God have mercy on their souls.
One hundred years later, in 1969, young Alan Parrish is being pursued by Billy Jessup, seeking respite at his father’s shoe factory. Alan’s Dad, Sam, thinks Alan should face his fears.
Later, Alan follows the sound of drumming. He locates the Jumanji game and takes it home. Two tokens magically go to their places on the board. Sarah returns Alan’s bike and he shows her the game.
“Jumanji. For those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. Roll the dice to move your token. Doubles gets another turn. The first player to reach the end wins”. Sarah inadvertently drops the dice, rolling a six. Her token moves by itself. It’s definitely magnetised. A riddle appears:
“At night they fly, you better run, these winged things are not much fun”. Alan rolls a five:
“In the jungle you must wait until the dice read five or eight”. Alan gets sucked into the game. Bats appear and chase Sarah out of the house.
Twenty six years later.
Judy and Peter’s Aunt Nora is shown around the old Parrish house. Peter takes a suitcase to the attic, then runs away screaming. Nora goes upstairs, hears a bat and slams the door.
Next day, the kids hear drumming. They run upstairs, uncovering the Jumanji game. Two tokens are already in position. Peter gets the other two and they both fly to their places. Judy suggests it’s microchips and rolls a six.
“A tiny bite can make you itch, make you sneeze, make you twitch”. Giant mosquitos appear and Judy fends them off. Peter rolls a two.
“This will not be an easy mission. Monkeys slow the expedition”. Downstairs in the kitchen, monkeys are destroying the place. The children think the creatures somehow came from the game. Judy overlooked something.
“Adventurers beware. Do not begin unless you intend to finish. The exciting consequences of the game will vanish only when a player has reached Jumanji and called out its name”.
Peter rolled a double, so he gets another turn. He next rolls a five.
“His fangs are sharp, he likes your taste. Your party better move post haste”.
A lion appears and growls and chases the children downstairs. An adult Alan Parrish appears dressed in leaves. He traps the lion, which splinters the door with its claws.
Alan sniffs out the children and hugs Peter. Alan thanks him for rolling a five or an eight so he could escape. Judy thinks he’s Alan Parrish. When he asks who they are, Judy says they just moved in.
Police Officer Carl Bentley’s squad car almost hits Alan, who jumps on its bonnet. Carl asks if Alan’s local. He says yes, but he’s been in Jumanji. Judy says he dresses strangely because he’s a vegetarian. Monkeys drive away in Carl’s car.
Alan learns Parrish Shoes closed because when Alan ran away, his Dad spent all his money trying to find Alan, then he gave up caring. Alan goes to his parents’ grave.
Alan asks what came out of the game before he did. Judy says a lion, a bunch of monkeys and some mosquitos. Then, a mosquito appears, puncturing the windscreen with its sting. Alan turns the ignition and presses everything he can, even putting the top down. He finally drives away.
When he sees it, Alan’s spooked by the Jumanji game. Peter says it’s OK to be afraid. Alan stops them and says monkeys, mosquitos and lions are just the beginning. Alan says he’ll watch, but he’s definitely not afraid.
Judy rolls two separate times and nothing happens. Alan realises they’re playing the game he started in 1969. It’s Sarah Whittles’s turn next. They go to her house. Alan says twenty six years earlier, she played a game with drums and that he’s Alan Parrish. Sarah faints, so Alan carries her to his house.
She screams when she sees the game. She’s been in 2,000 hours of therapy convincing herself that it didn’t exist. Alan tricks her into taking her turn. Her piece moves:
“They grow much faster than bamboo. Take care or they’ll come after you”. Big creepers appear from everywhere. They divide and grow throughout the room. One drags Peter along the floor. Alan grabs a sword and slices the creeper. They all promise to continue playing, no matter how scary it gets. Alan rolls.
“The hunter from the darkest wilds makes you feel just like a child”. Van Pelt shoots at them, calling Alan a miserable coward. Van Pelt chases Alan out of the house. Van Pelt then fires several times at Carl, before running out of ammo. Carl drives off in disbelief. Judy rolls:
“Don’t be fooled, it isn’t thunder. Staying put would be a blunder”.
Safari animals burst through the wall and stampede through the house. A pelican steals the Jumanji game. Alan thinks it’s headed for the river.
Van Pelt finds a gun store and decides to buy a replacement weapon, offering many gold coins. He’s soon shown a modern, high velocity rifle.
At the river, the Jumanji game falls in. Peter bravely collects it. Carl arrives and wants to take Alan in for questioning, driving him away in cuffs. Peter cheats.
“A law of Jumanji has been broken, you will slip back even more than your token”. He tried to drop the dice on a twelve. Peter’s hands grow hairy.
Peter hides from stampeding animals in an abandoned car, getting trampled into the foot well. Van Pelt snatches the game from him while Judy and Sarah try a rescue. Van Pelt takes Sarah hostage.
Peter floods the floor with laundry detergent. Van Pelt slips on it. Peter propels Van Pelt in a canoe into the wall. Alan drives the squad car through the store wall, knocking hundreds of paint tins onto Van Pelt.
Nora watches elephants, zebras and rhinos charge past. An out-of-breath rhino bringing up the rear. With a monkey in her car distracting her, she drives into a ditch.
Nora waves Carl down. She needs a lift to the old Parrish place. A huge creeper reaches out from the roadside, grabs Carl’s car and drags the whole thing back into the forest.
Sarah rolls a three:
“Every month at the quarter moon, there’ll be a monsoon in your lagoon”. Large volumes of water flood down the staircase. A crocodile appears. The group tries climbing onto a chandelier.
Nora and Carl arrive. There’s a groaning sound, then the two are propelled backwards by the sheer weight of water. They float down the street each on a door.
The players find a relatively dry room. Alan rolls a seven and reads out the words:
“Beware the ground on which you stand. The floor is quicker than the sand”. Alan sinks into the floor. They can’t rescue him. Judy rolls.
“This is a lesson you will learn. Sometimes you must go back a turn”
The sinking stops. Only Alan’s face is left above the floor. Sarah’s hands also are trapped. Peter rolls a three:
“Need a hand? Why you just wait. We’ll help you out. We each have eight”. Big spiders arrive. One starts nibbling at Sarah’s leg. Nora arrives and spots Alan’s legs hanging from the ceiling. She sees the lion. When Peter says hi, Nora screams. Peter shuts her safely in the linen closet.
With hands trapped, Sarah must spit the dice onto the board. She reads:
“You’re almost there. Much at stake. Now the ground begins to quake”. All the spiders scuttle off. The house cleaves in two, releasing Sarah and Alan. Alan fetches the game and quickly prepares to roll.
Van Pelt holds Alan at gunpoint. Alan casually throws the dice. One settles on one, the other die bounces down between the floor boards. It finally lands on a two. Alan’s token moves into the centre of the board. Alan says “Jumanji”. Sarah jumps in front of the bullet which turns to dust.
Safari animals come crashing through the wall and swirl around the room. Alan and Sarah hold each other tightly as the tornado sucks everything back into the game.
Young Alan and young Sarah remain hugging. Sam Parrish forgot his speech notes. Alan hugs his Dad tightly and apologises. Sam apologises for his anger. Alan and Sarah weigh down the game and drop it in the river. Sarah kisses Alan, who grins.
The Christmas party at the Parrish house is in full swing. A pregnant Sarah is distributing canapés. Alan is Santa Claus. He spots Judy and Peter. Alan says they’re just like he remembered them. Alan gives them their gifts, talking their father out of a fateful skiing trip in the Canadian Rockies.
Later, two French people are walking along a beach. They can hear a strange sound. The Jumanji game is poking out of the sand up ahead.
Starring Robin Williams. Kirsten Dunst. Bonnie Hunt. Rated PG. Dir Joe Johnston. Released in the UK 1995. Runtime 1hr 44mins