If you come for The Rock—or one of his many, many projects—you best not miss. But if you do, be sure to have the same enthusiasm for being dragged online by a celebrity as Twitter user James McMahon did yesterday. McMahon saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. The movie is a stand-alone sequel to the classic 1995 Robin Williams movie and has been making serious money (we’re talking over $316 million) at the box office now for five weeks. The movie’s financial success suggests audiences aren’t too upset at any logistical issues in the movie (it reimagines the characters as stuck inside a video game). But not McMahon!
McMahon saw an issue with how certain characters in the video game (read: movie) are able to respawn while still “in possession of the item required to win.” He’s got a point: usually, when a character dies in a video game, he also loses anything he had acquired within the game, like items or progress. McMahon really took the inconsistency personally, though.
I went to see the new Jumanji. FUCK THE NEW JUMANJI. Here’s a spoiler. There is no way a character in a video game would lose a life, then be respawned still in possession of the item required to win. That’s some bullshit. What say you @TheRock? Otherwise it was quite good— james mcmahon (@jamesjammcmahon) January 24, 2018
McMahon’s tweet ended up on the figurative desk of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself, who saw it fit to put McMahon in his place. And The Rock maintained the same half-mocking, half-savage tone that McMahon had in his original tweet.
Actually my friend, in the JUMANJI Lore Handbook, it clearly states in article 72 of section 7, that “any character who loses a life, shall return to their original state with any item they possessed at the time of their demise”. So kindly go f*ck yourself James.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 24, 2018
It’s safe to say The Rock destroyed the guy. Everyone on Twitter who caught wind of the exchange had pretty much the same reaction.
Oh dayum pic.twitter.com/f3LmNisLv4— Chris Taylor (@KirisuGo) January 24, 2018
And that's why you don't mess with The Rock pic.twitter.com/Haaby9hT6i— Adam Advocaat #ActuallyAutistic (@Moofey17) January 24, 2018
But the most surprising part of the whole exchange is how McMahon responded. Unlike perhaps every single other person who uses Twitter dot com, he did not take the situation too seriously. He turned it into a positive thing. Can you actually believe it?
THE ROCK IS THE GREATEST HUMAN <3 https://t.co/6SiBbySiYC3>— james mcmahon (@jamesjammcmahon) January 24, 2018
The two were actually kind of friendly by the end of it.
I mean thankfully we always have the trusted Jumanji handbook for the rules lol— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 24, 2018
Dude. I haven’t loved you this much since WrestleMania 18— james mcmahon (@jamesjammcmahon) January 24, 2018
There you have it, folks: a productive conversation on Twitter. All is not lost. *praying hands emoji*