Released 11/11/05 Rated: PG
To me this film just seemed like a Jumanji-retry, only Jumanji was way better. Turns out there’s a reason for that. The guy who wrote the book Jumanji was based on, also wrote the book this movie was based on. His name is Chris Van Allsburg.
So basically it’s Jumanji in space. On that note, I didn’t really feel this story was as mesmerizing as the other film I keep mentioning. You never knew what was going to come out of the game with Jumanji; with Zathura, everything was related on the space theme, so for me it didn’t hold much magic.
The acting wasn’t all that great, but what are you going to do? There was a lot of angst between the two boys, so the fighting among the brothers was believable. Kristen Stewart made a pretty good bossy, self-centered older sister, but the rest of it was pretty meh. I was surprised at some of the language in this movie. There’s not a lot at all, but I thought it was a bit much to put “biotch” in a children’s movie.
This movie loses you a little in regards to the actual game and how far the player are to the end. It seemed like they just kept taking turns one right after the other. Now, I don’t blame them for wanted to get it over with and go home, but it’s like the game gave them a small break and didn’t really spit out anything creative. “Flunked space academy, go back one space.” Really? It’s like the filmmakers took their time in the beginning and spaced everything out, and then rushed through the end: Danny’s turn Walter’s turn Danny’s turn Walter’s turn.
Stick to Jumanji.