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Zathura September 8, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

It’s been quite a long time since I have seen a film of this kind. The movie has the tagline “A new adventure from the world of Jumanji”…that’s because both Zathura and Jumanji are originally books written by the same author Chris Van Allsburg. Jumanji has been one of my favorite fantasy movies as a kid which I find it interesting to watch even today.

Zathura is pretty much the same concept only that the setting is that of outer space instead of a jungle. Though in terms of the visuals I found Zathura less exciting than its predecessor but what works here is the underlying theme throughout the movie….which is sibling rivalry. The bickering between the two kids (Jonah Bobo and Josh Hutcherson) is very cute….some of the lines written for them are quite funny. The performances by these kids is very nice…..they really are the mainstay of the movie more than the SFX.

Unfortunately, this movie bombed badly at the box office in spite of having received critical acclaim. This is a fun film which I did enjoy watching and you should watch it if you like fantasy.



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