1995’s Jumanji is an interesting concept (interesting enough to spawn spin offs and reboots in more recent times) but the movie itself feels a bit generic.
Perhaps the special effects were good at the time, but they feel a little dated now.
Not a great deal happens in the way of character development. The demonic titular board game is never really explained either, though that is possibly a strength of the movie and it’s actually quite nice to be able to suspend your disbelief and just accept that such a thing exists without the need for a lengthy ponderous backstory.
The film is entertaining enough, without really being ground-breaking. Robin Williams generally elevates most things he’s in and doesn’t let anyone down here. The rest of the cast is decent too, including a young Kirsten Dunst.
Score for Christmasishness
It’s only Christmas at the end of the movie, but those scenes are very Christmassy. Plus the whole movie is the kind of family-friendly entertainment that you probably would watch at Christmas. But we can only really award points for the denouement here, and so the movie is only a bit Christmas(ish).