This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…
Zathura: A Space Adventure
Adventure Is Waiting
After their father (Tim Robbins) is called into work, two young boys, Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo), are left in the care of their teenage sister, Lisa (Kristen Stewart), and told they must stay inside. Walter and Danny, who anticipate a boring day, are shocked when they begin playing Zathura, a space-themed board game, which they realize has mystical powers when their house is shot into space. With the help of an astronaut (Dax Shepard), the boys attempt to return home.
Jumanji in Space is the first thing people think of for the few that actually saw Jon Favreau's flop Zathura. There's always going to be that negative comparison. Both films have similar storylines about surreal board games, but with different genres attached, and were based on children's books written by the same author who wrote The Polar Express. Though I will never understand the love for the film Jumanji, a kids' film I found to be dreadful, juvenile, and downright creepy, it's the innocence and charm of two young boys travelling through space that gives Zathura an underappreciated recommendation.
Oh, and I also forgot that Jon Favreau (yes, the guy who made the comedy classic Elf and reinvented the comic…
Loses a little bit of the cruelty of Jumanji but replaces it with gladly appreciated narrative clarity. You can definitely see how this was the the stepping stone for Jon Favreau between Elf and Iron Man. It does a lot with an extremely limited canvas while still feeling epic. The kids are believable and there's lots of fun moments. Most importantly it puts kids in real, believable danger and has a good message. Could definitely see watching this again with a kid of my own.
Quizás abusa de la arbitrariedad (incluso dentro del marco de la fantasía, que no ciencia ficción, en el espacio) y tiene demasiados problemas de ritmo para acabar de ser una aventura frenética, pero eh, tiene momentos muy bellos y una imaginería apreciable. Además, el asunto sobre el que gira la trama no es otro que "el juego", e integra lo que significa jugar de una forma muy bonita en el desarrollo de la historia. Y eso tiene todo mi afecto.
Take another jumanji.
It's Jumanji in space! Weeeeee!
What a cute little flick, all entertaining and fun.
A good film to end this challenge with.
Favreau takes the book and crafts into this ridiculous fun movie with so much heart. I felt like a 12 year old watching it.
So much like Jumanji, I still feel justified in skipping it a decade ago. But actually unique enough that I'm glad I saw it with my kids finally.
Two young boys who don't get along find a board game in their new house that has Dangerous, and Magical powers.
I was scrolling through Netflix and I saw they had this movie. I have seen this movie many many times in the past when I was a kid. Watched it all the time. Watched it tonight hoping I could re-live some of those childhood memories. And I definitely did.
This is a pretty good movie. I do not think it's great like I did as a child. But still pretty good. Has an interesting story, and cool and some scary conflicts for the characters. However there were a few cons with the movie. Bad acting on some of the actors, Terrible CGI, and the fact that the movie gets really slow towards the middle.
All in all, a really good Sci-Fi movie that brought back a lot of memories for me.
One of those films I forget how much I like until I watch it again.
Up until now, I had easily dismissed this as it looked like a lame sequel to Jumanji that was set in space. Well, tonight I finally gave it a shot and it's surprisingly not bad.
Zathura is definitely in no way as good as Jumanji is, but it follows the same basic set-up and manages to be a lot of mindless fun. There's a lot of things which just do not make any sense but as long as you just go along with it, you'll have a good time.
I watched this movie for the first time recently. That is to say, I never saw it as a child. While the movie was acceptable, with several good lines scattered throughout and (often at best) vaguely mediocre acting, camerawork, and plot. The special effects were very low-quality, although for me this sparked a sort of nostalgia for the films of my childhood and thus wasn't terrible.
I enjoyed this film quite thoroughly, even if it isn't a film that can be classified as "good". The main reason for my enjoyment was the nostalgia of remembering seeing movies that were a staple of my childhood for the very first time (like Jumanji which this film clearly heavily borrowed from). While I…
It’s action-packed, gorgeous to look at, with its heart in the right place and surprisingly funny. Often and rightly compared to the author’s other board-game adventure Jumanji, it’s considerably better than that for all the above reasons and more. The script is tight and the dialogue realistic, even Kristen Stewart delivers a varied and emotive performance even if her characterization is occasionally clichéd. It captures the right amount of child-like wonder mixed with palpable threat even if the conclusion is somewhat predictable
So much of this makes so little sense.
Space Juamnji is not as good as jungle Jumanji, but it was cute, well-meaning and watchable.
The kids in this movie are unbelievably adorable, and they remind me of how my siblings and I used to treat each other. I know this is a rip-off of Jumanji, but I remember being blown away by the twist at the end. I just loved this movie when I first saw it, and I still really like it
The second installment in the Underrated series (see links below for previous lists).
Get suggesting with your underrated adventure nominations.…
From his book, and because nobody had listed it here yet (as I noticed as I should link to it…