Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Cast: Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson and Jesse Plemons
The Story: Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element
Disney always knows how to rope the audience into a great time. I have to admit I was not interested in it when first announced. However, Jungle Cruise is the perfect blend of excitement and globe-trotting. The fact that Disney was able to throw the audience into a wild Indiana Jones-like adventure while keeping the heart of Disneyland’s theme park ride is admirable. The story made you feel like you were a part of the excursion that was about to unfold, from its atmosphere to its characters. Jungle Cruise is time well spent.
The story these characters take is straightforward and plain sailing. There never was a point where I felt lost in what type of message the film was trying to send to its audience. When you meet Emily Blunt’s character, it made one think of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. It was reminiscent of the mythical voyage that was about to take place and the hunt for finding the perfect team to find the lost treasure.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was in peak form as always. His screen presence was infectious, and it felt like his role in this film fit him better than the Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle and Jumanji: Next Level. He and Emily have fantastic chemistry together. However, the star of this film was Jack Whitehall, who plays Emily’s brother in the movie. He served the comic relief portion of the film. His role served a greater purpose which I think the audience will enjoy.
In some ways, this movie is a lot of fun. Be that as it may, I felt like the pacing of this movie went overboard by a hair, and with a 2-hour runtime, some scenes could have been The villains in this story were not memorable, and even though the plot is straightforward, It felt like the heroes of the story was not in real danger. Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti serve roles on top of other threats that show up later in the story.
Jungle Cruise is a fun-loving joyride with multiple thrills, jokes, and heartfelt moments for the audience to enjoy. With its Indiana Jones adventure style, this movie will attract those looking to take a ride on the wild side.
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd