We live in an age of nostalgic revival, so a sequel to Jumanji might have once seemed like an inevitable trial we'd just have to endure. Here's the thing, though: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seems like it could be a hell of a lot of fun. The second full trailer just dropped, and it only helps to bolster that feeling.
A loose sequel to the 1995 Jumanji film, which is about a board game coming to life around its players, Welcome to the Jungle reveals that the title game can evolve. Apparently it just needs players, no matter the situation or the era. So, as the new trailers shows us, it changes forms and becomes a video game for four teenagers (Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser'Darius Blane, and Morgan Turner) to discover while cleaning out their school's basement. Once they start playing, they get sucked into a massive jungle adventure world and become four new characters (played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, respectively) representative of classic video game avatars.
What the new trailer reveals is just how much the film will rely on its classic video game aesthetic. Among the concepts introduced: Each player will have three lives, which introduces some tension into the story. Another interesting concept: Each player has their own weaknesses and special skills, unless they have no weakness at all, like Johnson's Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Character Name of the Year, y'all). For example: "Moose" Finbar (Hart) is a weapons carrier with a backpack full of toys he can then pass on to Bravestone. His weakness is cake, and that carries some very real consequences.
From the looks of this trailer, the film is going to lean very hard indeed on video game references in order to get its point across. While the original film's premise was basically just "whatever the game says becomes real," this film is going to take a slightly different approach. It's an interesting storytelling gambit, and it'll be fun to see if the full story can carry it off as well as these trailers do.
Check out the new trailer below. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters December 20.