Sony provided transportation and accommodations to the Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle Press Junket.
During my stay in Hawaii for the Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle, we did so many things. We watched the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we interviewed the director and producer of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we took a helicopter tour of Hawaii, we participated in a cocktail party, and not only did I get sound bite from Jack Black, we also sat down with four of the main Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actors, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black & Nick Jonas. In this interview all of the actors discussed the themes of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Q: There are multiple themes in the movie: teamwork, self-sacrifice. Which theme did you like the most in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle?
Karen Gillian: I think my favorite theme is embracing who you are. These four teenagers have difficulty doing that. It isn’t until they inhabit the bodies of other people that they’re able to really appreciate their own attributes and personalities.
Then they just have to find a way back to them. It’s a very important message to embrace all your weirdness and awkwardness and just be.
Dwayne Johnson: The ideology of being who you are and understanding the most powerful thing and the hardest thing that we can be is being ok with you are. Especially as it relates to our kids. How hard high school was for us and how difficult high school is for kids today.
Not only understanding who you are and being ok with who you are, but also embracing the flaws. You’re going to screw up and you’re not going to fit in and you’re going to be uncomfortable. You’re going to be insecure.
the other one is the notion of friends who are from different pockets and different cliques who wouldn’t necessarily get along and be together. All of a sudden not only do they come together but they learn to work together and then realize that they like each other and want to stay together by the end of the movie. It’s a really good message.
Jack Black: I think a great theme is not judging people by their outward appearance. The use of the avatar in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle lent itself to that theme.
Looking outside of people’s cliques and their place in the high school world, and looking deeper into their hearts to see the strength in character is a big deal in the movie, and it’s my favorite message.
Nick Jonas: The irony of it is that the characters get sucked into a game but once they’re in, there’s no phones, no technology, no way to communicate with the outside world.
So much of our world today is consumed by what we see on our phones and TV. To be able to connect with the people in front of you and build these relationships and friendships is incredibly important.