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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.
The big man's best work behind the camera, this is a great family adventure story with a lot of imagination. A shame that the female character is essentially frozen for the majority of the film however.
I always end up watching the weirdest movies when I'm sick...
currently binge watching the walking dead and my brain needed a break from all the blood
The reason I give this film such a high rating is because it achieves exactly what it sets out to do, which is how I judge quality in any art form.
It's a fun family romp with a pretty solid cast, it hits all the right notes and it has just the right amount of tension. I also have to respect the director's devotion to using practical effects whenever possible: all the damage to the house is real, the Zorgon costumes are real, the floating house is real (a miniature); the only CG is limited to cleanup, filling in, and background work.
On a personal level I consider this easy viewing. It's simple fun, and it never does anything to annoy me. I'm not saying it's a triumph of cinema or anything, but as a film about a bunch of kids getting launched into space and fighting aliens? It's pretty nice.
not at all as sick as Jumanji, but overall I dig the magical board game genre
I'd always considered this a "pointless Jumanji knock-off", which probably just goes to show what a mean-spirited person I am.
I mean, let's be honest, it is literally "Jumanji in Space", so I feel I should be forgiven somewhat. But it is fun, there's a couple of really solid gags, the kids have some fun chemistry - heck Kristen Stewart is even allowed to emote and have proper facial reactions. Even the effects are none too shabby - they're better than the previous film in this month's Films From Afar (*cough* Twiclipse *cough*) and Zathura has 5 years on that film.
On a small side note, I liked the design of the game. It certainly reminded me of some of…
I straight up loved this movie so much. The kids are so wonderful, the grown-ups click with them in all the right ways, the effects are solid and both the story and all the jokes land with me.
The only Jumanji sequel this world will ever need (I'm sorry, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, but please no).
Bumping this up half a star on rewatch because it's even more fun than I remembered.
will be updated as i watch / rewatch more