Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #8: Remakes all around

Happy Saturday, everyone! This week I got roped into watching two remakes by my husband. One I ended up really liking and the other was even worse than I expected it to be!


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - This Jumanji remake/sequel had me a little scared to buy a ticket for a couple reasons: I loved the original and I wasn't positive how the video game aspects would work out. But my husband dragged me to see it and I'm happy to report that I did enjoy it a lot! I hadn't realized this wasn't a straight remake. Instead, it picked up right where the original Jumanji left off and there were little nods to the original throughout. I enjoyed the way the game changed to stay relevant and I LOVED watching all the adult characters become their teenage counterparts (except for Kevin Hart who played Kevin Hart). Is it a masterpiece? No, and it's also not as amazing as its predecessor, but I did really like it! I think this Jumanji will appeal to old and new fans alike. (4/5 stars)

The Mummy - I had absolutely no intentions of seeing this movie. Ever. So imagine my surprise when the red Netflix envelope came and this was inside instead of Mother! I had totally forgotten that Universal was planning this Dark Universe franchise, but I was reminded right from the opening credits. It's so bizarre to watch a movie that refuses to be its own thing and instead shoehorns in 57 new characters to build an entire universe. I'm no film expert, but it's stupid of these filmmakers to think that they can do what Marvel did over 10 years in one movie. Honestly, why do we need Jekyll and Hyde in a Mummy flick? The Mummy had no idea what it even was! Horror? Comedy? Action? Adventure? Not even the scriptwriters know! The Mummy herself looked amazing and I'll give it one star for her, but the movie is awful, I'm sad to say. A quick Google search revealed that most people must agree, because the Dark Universe seems to be dead. (1/5 stars)

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!