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…
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.
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.
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.
Fun and entertaining family fun. A story that has been done before and a TERRIBLE Title.
Lots of fun for the whole family! The sibling dialogue will hit home with anyone who grew up with a brother. The story doesn't have to make sense for it to be enjoyable. Overall pretty good movie
Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt November 2015" Challenge
Task #22. A film based on a book!
My list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/november-scavenger-hunt/
Original List: letterboxd.com/milo123/list/scavenger-hunt-november-2015/
It took me a long time to put this one in, but I finally did and I am very glad that I watched Zathura.
What looked like a simple copy of 1996's Jumanji ends up being a very fun and unique ride that surpasses it's predecessor. Zathura's scope is perfectly small while set against the gigantic backdrop of all of space and time; it tells a story of two brothers and the importance of their bond wrapped up in a fun and thrilling adventure.
Director Jon Favreau proves once again that he knows how to make a…
Kids might find more in this than I did, but for me it wasn't very successful. The kids were solid.
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.
From his book, and because nobody had listed it here yet (as I noticed as I should link to it…
The second installment in the Underrated series (see links below for previous lists).
Get suggesting with your underrated adventure nominations.…