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.
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.
Zathura has been easily compared to the 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji, and it’s no secret why. Both films share similar plotlines. However, this film has more of a science fiction edge to the story that makes it a bit different. If you forget the similarities between the films, this is a fun, entertaining picture that is worth seeing because there are several worthwhile moments due to a well crafted script, good cast and good direction from director Jon Favreau. The film has good effects, and plenty of thrills to really make it a highly entertaining picture from start to finish. The film isn’t perfect, but for the most part, it’s a worthwhile affair that is sure to appeal to genre…
Favreau takes the book and crafts into this ridiculous fun movie with so much heart. I felt like a 12 year old watching it.
That's a good one. It lacks all the unnecessary fat that JUMANJI had and features some of the most intense spectacle that I ever saw in a kids movie.
La película está muy bien como secuela espirutual de Jumanji, entretenida y eso. ¿Pero alguien me puede explicar lo del astronauta porque no le veo explicación lógica? jajaja
If you or your kids loved Jumanji, they will love this!
we need a third "boardgame from hell" movie, we had adventure in Jumanji and scifi in Zathura....now make a horror movie!
Part of the CHILDHOOD FILMS BLOGATHON
I'd never heard of this movie. It's entertaining and perfect to watch with kids.
JUMANJI 2: SPACETIME BOOGALOO
Bad kid acting took me out of the movie a bunch of times, and I'll never understand Dax Shepard or Kristen Stewart's careers... But this is a fun, more family friendly version of JUMANJI. Where it lacks the genuine creepiness of that film, it makes up for with a cool robot and awesome lizard-alien practical effects. And I was genuinely surprised by where it ended up.
PS - Kristen Stewart is literally frozen for half the film, yet it's still not her most stiff performance... Ay-Yo, Ba Dum Tss, Ah Thank You... I'll see myself out.
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…