Sony Pictures released the first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which stars The Rock and Jack Black. The trailer reveals that instead of taking place centered around a board game like the original Robin Williams flick, this new take on the story is based on an old Intellivision-looking video game console featuring a fictional Jumanji video game.
The trailer reveals that four high-schoolers, consisting of a middle-eastern kid, a black jock, a pretty popular girl, and a nerdy outcast all get transported into the game, and embody the roles of Karen, Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson.
You can check out the trailer below.
The trailer kind of subverts what a lot of people may have thought about the movie based on the promotional images.
The high school hotty turns into Jack Black, the nerdy chick ends up in Karen Gillan’s body, the black guy shrinks, and the middle-eastern kid turns into The Rock.
Part of the movie looks like the cast will spend plenty of time not liking their avatars (save for the middle-eastern kid, because who in their right mind would not want to be The Rock?) and then there’s the inevitable “learning how to game the game”, which is typical with most movies based within virtual worlds.
Nick Jonas seems to be the quest guide of some sort, helping the unlikely explorers through the jungle, filled with motorcycle bandits, raging wildlife, and various traps and hazards.
Fans of the original movie were not impressed, and across various online discussion boards the displeasure is being made known. Heck, the dislike meter on the official trailer is pretty indicative of how much people aren’t digging the new movie.
Over on Polygon, their audience are only concerned about how the movie will tackle the sociopolitical nature of identity politics within video games. In fact, the entire Polygon article is focused on what Karen Gillan is wearing and they couldn’t give two craps about the rest of the movie.
The comment section dives headfirst into tactically white-knighting harder than an ivory chess set with nothing but white knights on the board.
In the world of social justice, everything must be politicized.
On the YouTube page a lot of people are just angry that it’s set within a universe popularized by the Robin Williams film. There are a lot of complaints and comparisons to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.
It makes you wonder if Sony is going to play the race/sexism card for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle or attempt to sit back and be smart about the marketing the way Warner Bros., handled Wonder Woman?