As a sequel to a rebooted franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level didn't disappoint. But fans were having so much fun they likely missed these Easter eggs.
After Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the biggest hits of 2017 and renewed interest in the franchise, it was only a matter of time before a sequel was made. As it turns out, the wait was even shorter than expected as Jumanji: The Next Level came out two short years later and was another big hit.
The sequel found the four friends from the original going back into the video game along with some new characters as well. This saw the return of the fun avatars from the first film and some clever new additions. But with all the video game madness going on, it's possible that the viewers might have missed some fun hidden details in the movie.
The first film introduced the audience to the young teens who would find themselves trapped inside the game. One of the teens is Bethany, a pretty but self-centered popular girl who becomes trapped inside the body of Jack Black's avatar.
When we meet Bethany in the first film, she is seen taking selfies which speaks to her self-obsessed behavior. However, this film opens with a beautiful tropical landscape and we see Bethany taking a photo of it, hinting that she has learned to appreciate deeper things in life.
Another of the young teen characters is Fridge, a popular and arrogant young man who learns humility after the events of the first film. He is also a big and intimidating football player who is stuck inside the diminutive avatar of Kevin Hart.
Fridge is seen wearing a necklace in the film with the number 94 on it in a font that seems to suggest it is his jersey number for football. Interestingly, Dwayne Johnson wore the same number during his football career earlier in life.
One of the best new additions to this movie is Danny DeVito as Spencer's grandfather, who is staying with the family as he recovers from hip surgery. Of course, this leads him to also be sucked into the game which makes for some of the funniest moments in the movie.
When we first meet the elderly man, he is perched unsteadily on a ladder and attempting to fix a light bulb. This hints at his final moments of saving the day as he holds the sacred amulet up to the sun to win the game.
The new film not only introduces new characters but also some new locations for the game. After arriving in the similar jungle setting, the characters are quickly dropped off in a new desert setting which comes with all new threats.
As the characters look out over the vast desert landscape, the music swells in an epic fashion that might sound familiar to some viewers. The score is very similar and certainly a nod to the famous theme from Lawrence of Arabia which is also largely set in a similar desert landscape.