I just saw the 2017 Jumanji and thought it would be a good time to finally see the original. Somehow I had missed it through the years. Needless to say there is really not much of a comparison between the two movies other than the name and general story about a mysterious game called JUMANJI.
The 1995 JUMANJI is a bittersweet step back in time seeing a young, handsome and lively Robin Williams at his best. I was never a fan of slapstick, goofy Robin Williams but always appreciated his films that were series and had humor and that is what JUMANJI is. Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) disappeared from his home and has been trapped in the Jumanji game for decades until released by a couple of kids Judy and Peter Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce). Alan is released along with an assortment of wild animals and a crazy safari hunter.
JUMANJI is pure fun and adventure as Parrish and the kids try to save their town from destruction and to end the game once and for all. No doubt the GC animals were outstanding by 1995 standards, though they look weak by the current visual effects. This is a fine cast that includes a young Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier and Bebe Nuewirth. It's a fun and enjoyable film and a chance to see the sadly missed Robin Williams at his finest.