Jumanji, starring Robin Williams, has a lot of pop culture cache decades after its initial debut and two sequels. The film, which stars Williams, Bonnie Hunt (Cars), and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), featured a board game rather than the video game that has been the emphasis of the current series since director Jake Kasdan revamped it in 2017. (Zero Effect).
Earned #9 Spot In The Netflix Top 10
After being recently introduced to Netflix’s back collection, the ’90s classic surged back into the top 10 this weekend, now sitting in the #9 slot.
The film grossed over $250 million
Jumanji, directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), was a commercial success when it was released in 1995. The film grossed over $250 million at the box office (remember, that’s a lot more in 1995 money), and while it was only a moderate critical success at the time, it has since more than made up for any original lack of excitement.
Williams plays a part in the film that is reminiscent of his adult Peter Pan in Hook. Alan, who vanished as a youngster into the Jumanji board game, is resurrected by a new generation of kids more than 20 years later and must team up with his now-adult best buddy and the kids who mistakenly unleashed the game on the world to limit its weird abilities. Unlike the newer films, the original film saw the world of Jumanji come to life outside of the game, rather than only watching kids engrossed in the game.
The synopsis is as follows:
When young Alan Parrish discovers a mystery board game, he has no idea of its incredible abilities until he is mysteriously whisked into the untamed jungles of Jumanji in front of his buddy Sarah! Two unwitting children release him from the game’s grip 26 years later. In this fascinating adventure, Alan (Robin Williams) reunites with Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) and, along with Judy (Kirsten Dunst, Pretty Women) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), seeks to outwit the game’s formidable forces.