This hilarious adventure comedy takes four teenagers and sucks them into a jungle through a video game in a modern take on the original Jumanji movie from 1995.
In this reboot, a board game is updated to a video game (although still a retro console game), and instead of creatures coming out of the game and into the real world, the heroes are all sucked into the game to try to survive. Because of these changes, the movie doesn’t really end up feeling like a Jumanji movie; however for me this worked in its favor.
The main comedy in the film comes from the adult actors playing against the stereotypes introduced by their teenage counterparts. Dwayne Johnson, who is large and muscular, plays a scared and insecure man throughout most of the movie. The jock ends up being a nerd and the shy girl who hates physical activity ends up being a fighter. The best acting however comes from Jack Black, a man, who is portraying a social media obsessed girl!
The storyline was well paced, with a mix of excellent action and character building scenes, all supported with wonderful visual effects. The idea of how “lives” work in the game was extremely clever and made the climax rather exciting!
Overall I would highly recommend Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle regardless of if you have seen the original Jumanji or not. If you’re not a huge fan of teenagers and their stereotypes, consider just watching the original instead.
- Kim, Information Services
What We're Reading
For the fan of the Fable comic series, Red Thorn by David Baillie is a gritty, violent and sexually graphic take on Celtic mythology in the modern era. The two volume series from Vertigo Comics feels shortchanged in length, but packs a big punch of story and mythos. Isla Macintosh travels from America to Scotland in hopes of finding her long lost sister Lauren. It seems like the average missing person story at first, but it takes a couple of weird side steps quickly in the course of Isla’s investigation. While Isla is quickly setting up a life in Scotland with new boyfriend Alec, she continues to follow the breadcrumbs that lead her to a man she has been drawing. Enter Thorn, a demigod trapped for hundreds of years, soon to be released by the Isla’s latent powers. From the moment Thorn enters the story, Isla’s life will never be the same; and NO, I don’t mean it in a good way.
jam-packed with Redcaps, the Loch Ness Monster and other sorts of mythical creepy crawlies, Red Thorn is in part beautiful due to the bold lines of Meghan Hetrick’s art which is gruesome to align with Baillie’s writing style. But I recommend taking the time on the art pages to absorb the dark beauty of Hetrick’s style and her use of reds to conjure images of blood and insanity.
To read Red Thorn, click here or for more mythological graphic novels search “mythologygn” in the Kitchener Public Library catalogue. Fans of mythology in graphic novels are welcome to join us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. for an informal discussion group, “Graphically Inclined”. We will be discussing how mythology fits into the graphic medium and recommending our favourite graphic novels, comic books, manga and web comics.
- Amanda, Information Services
The 872nd film to join the ranks of the The Criterion Collection was the originally released in 2001 film, Ghost World. The film is based on the cult classic graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes, a stellar cartoonist prone to telling stories about oddballs and wonderfully flawed, human characters. The story, put in the hands of offbeat director Terry Zwigoff, moves onto the screen beautifully and stays true to the graphic novel’s sensibilities.
Ghost World is the story of two young best friends, Enid and Rebecca, whose friendship shifts during the months following the end of high school. Their friendship is heartbreakingly relatable and refreshingly complex. Together, they’re a bit of misfit dream team who find the humour and absurdity in everyday life. However, their friendship’s rhythm is disrupted as Rebecca leans in towards adulthood and Enid struggles with what she wants her next step to be.
I adored the graphic novel Ghost World and was skeptical a film version would work. But this might be one of my favourite book to film adaptations. Clowes’ is an amazing artist and his knack for creating a lovingly realistic, but not always pretty world is second to none. His characters and settings have internal and external flaws and it’s what I love most about his work – there’s always ugliness and beauty, living together in an unique, albeit strange harmony. Terry Zwigoff brings that Clowesian touch to the film, though, in every way – the casting, the details, the cinematography, and the poignant final scene.
If you missed your chance to plant trees on Earth Day (or there was still snow on the ground!), here’s an event for you and your family. On May 5, 2018, Laurel Creek Nature Centre is hosting a tree planting morning. They supply all the gear: trees, shovels, gloves and even some refreshments to say thanks for the help!
Remember trees are our friends when it comes to helping the planet and fighting climate change. Trees take carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in their roots, trunks and branches. Half of each tree is made up of carbon. While each tree takes away what we don’t need, it gives us oxygen in return.
So rain or shine – 10:00am – 12:00pm at 525 Beaver Creek Road Waterloo ON N2V 2L3.
To register for this event and find more information please click here, or check out the library resources below.
- Ingrid, Information Services
Libraries Around the World
The Bodleian Library
There are a lot of fictional libraries that I wish I could visit, like the Beast's library from Beauty and the Beast, the Sunnydale High library from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Hogwarts library from the Harry Potter series. Floor to ceiling books on old oak shelves, wooden ladders to roll along the shelves to reach top-level tomes, and ancient texts around every corner. Unfortunately, as I am not an animated character and have received neither my Hogwarts letter or a vision informing me of my destiny as a vampire slayer, these repositories of knowledge are beyond my reach. And so, I've set my sights on the closest real-life equivalent of these classic and beautiful libraries, complete with towering wooden shelves, and an almost endless supply of rare books: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
The Bodleian Library, which spans five separate buildings in the heart of Oxford, England, can trace its history back as far as 1320, making it roughly 700 years old. (Remind us to celebrate the same anniversary of the Kitchener Public Library in 536 years!)
If you are not a student of Oxford, registering for a library card costs anywhere between £6 (~$10.75 CAD) and £142 (~$255 CAD) depending on the length of time you wish to access the collections. Along with paying for your card, new members must recite an oath before officially joining membership. The oath reads:
"I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.”
Once your card has been acquired and your oath given, you are given access to the library's digital resources as well as its more than twelve million print items, including their incredibly rare collections, which include the Magna Carta, manuscripts by J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare's First Folio, and a Gutenberg Bible.
The beautiful, sprawling library has also been featured as the backdrop in many popular films and television series; most notably perhaps serving as the Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films. Learn more about the Bodleian Library at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley.
- Cassidy, Information Services
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