This post contains major spoilers and ending details for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
From the jump, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is more clever than required. When Sony Pictures announced the quasi-sequel-but-really-more-of-a-reboot of the 1995 original film starring Robin Williams, itself inspired by a 32-page children's picture book, it looked like yet another attempt to wring the last few decades of pop culture for all the nostalgia it's worth. And, really, that's what this Jumanji is.
But the movie boasts one notable move: a bonkers, time-loop plot twist that doesn't exactly hold up to close scrutiny but does pay tribute to the original movie.
Which is fine! This is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, not the latest Christopher Nolan brain-teaser, so it's unlikely that the movie's target audience of parents and children who already saw Star Wars will be annoyed by it's shaky logic concocted by director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Walk Hard) and his four additional co-writers. After all, this is a movie where a nerdy teen boy gets sucked into a video game and ends up in the body of The Rock. It has a scene where girl trapped in the body of Jack Black learns to pee standing up. There's a part -- spoiler alert for the movie's best gag -- where Kevin Hart literally explodes because he eats a piece of cake.