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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.
An uptempo outer space adventure taking place within the confines of the family home, Jon Favreau's "Zathura" is an enjoyable science fiction spectacle. Focusing on two boys whose game night introduces them to a cosmos full of trouble, the film is witty, well-assembled, and full of family-friendly charm.
Based on Chris Van Allsburg's book, "Zathura" tells the story of two young boys who get more than they bargained for when the play an outer space-themed board game. With every move, the game brings the perils of space into the boys' home, and finishing the contest becomes an act of survival. The story is lively and adventuresome, and Favreau allows the narrative's upbeat dangers to come forth invitingly. Stakes are combined…
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.
A good chunk of this movie is two annoying kids running from room to room in a house floating in space and yelling at each other while the house in being destroyed. Then some cool space lizards show up and try to eat them and it becomes entertaining for a while. The lizards looked pretty cool. I was cheering for them.
The movie manages to stay fun for the rest of the run time and even has a cute ending but damn, it was really hard to get to the good part.
Take another jumanji.
A funny little Story to feel young again!
Great sci-fi adventure, with good performances, and the Zorgons and Robot designs are practical
Assistia quando criança, e revi agora na Sessão da Tarde. É um bom filme, dei algumas risadas, mas o final é estranho com aquela coisa dos personagens do passado entrarem (ou serem absorvidos, sei lá) na versão do presente. Zuado.
I watched as a child, and now I reviewed on TV. It's a good movie, I gave a few laughs, but the end is strange that thing of the past characters enter (or be absorbed, whatever) in the present version. Messed up.
For every thing this movie does right, it does another thing wrong.
I'd be willing to call it an imaginative piece, had there not already been a popular film with the exact same premise before this one.
ok listen: jumanji.......but in SPACE
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kristen Stewart steals the show: what is a sentence I never expected to write? The two acts where she’s completely uninvolved and utterly uninterested with her younger brothers (Hutcherson and Bobo) shine every time she gets to speak, her conversation with Tim Robbins especially, and although ZATHURA continues / kicks off the tradition of Favreau films lacking in the final act it’s not at all Stewart’s fault.
But yes. This movie does drag a bit in the final act, with Zorgons that were not nearly as interesting as the amazing visuals of outer space that kicked off the initial two acts, as well as a big reveal that I’m still not sure works altogether. Like are those two people just…
"Zathura" was a childhood favorite of mine and along with "Galaxy Quest" one of my road trip essentials. It's a great family film and I recommend it to younger audiences.
Crappy childhood update
Loved this movie when I was a kid hate it or like it I will forever treasure this movie!
Probably even shaped the movies I like to this day.
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