Jungle Cruise Movie Review
Jungle Cruise took us on a great summer tour, thanks in large part to the distinguished hero duo. A marvelous combination of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt on-screen, both helping to make this journey to the Amazon forest of ancient times soar.
Jungle Cruise is the first action film and adventure based on a recreational tour of Disney Park after the Pirates of the Caribbean series, which may stumble a bit during its climax, doubling the computer-generated footage (CGI) to the point where the film begins to lose some of its charm and vitality, but that’s a small problem in the grand scheme of this fun and refreshing movie.
Jungle Cruise Cast
Johnson and Blunt are in amazing harmony together, have the ability to bicker and fight together, and at the same time maintain a bond and harmony with each other.
The film didn’t need the gentle romance shown here, but director Jómez Colette Serra makes it a success, and Johnson and Blunt win our hearts every moment they appear on the screen. Johnson is capable of enjoying a charisma so special at any moment that you forget that he is a man of such a great fit for a body. Of course, the script will remind us of this from time to time, but his character, in Frank’s cunning role, is so charming, even when trying to perform a clever trick.
Blunt is also looking pretty fun here. She plays the heroic and stubborn botanist, Dr. Lily Hutton, embodying the ingenuity and the academic as if in an Indiana Jones movie, sometimes succeeding thanks to her intelligence and sometimes thanks to pure luck.
There’s an Action cartoon element that distinguishes the film, bringing us back to the old soap operas of the 1930s, and in turn to the aforementioned Indiana Jones (a reference to the more comic action in Last Crusade rather than the more serious style in the first two films). The film presents a mixture of roughness and physical comedy that never seem as bogus or uncreative as you might expect, and James Newton Howard’s soundtracks all come to the fore with great fun.
Fans of the actual Jungle Cruise will discover a series of superb and foolish hidden surprises, most notably Frank’s passion for rhyming. And Johnson does it successfully. As soon as Lily and her elegant brother McGriffon (the very funny Jack Whitehall) stumbled upon Frank, and we briefly met the loudspeaker Paul Giamatti, the film set off towards the forbidden aspects of the Amazon. Over the course of their journey, we discover that this huge budget film hides a hidden spark and carries a huge impact.
The villains in the film are the German aristocrat represented by Jesse Plemons and the invading dead played by H. Edgar Ramirez (who is part of the computer-generated images that fill the film). In any other scenario Belmont would have snatched the spotlight, but the spotlight on the story and the most fun stars were Johnson, Planet, and Whitehall. The movie is at its strongest when Al Houghton is there, or Frank is there, or all three of them together.
Jungle Cruise is about two hours long, and some quakes come with it. The story of the background/myths surrounding the forest and the invaders seems a bit dry, but the scenario is extremely clever and helps us get past these scenes. A smart conversation is punctuated by almost everything, making it a movie where you’re having fun without feeling the time.
Jungle Cruise offers a delightful summer trip reinforced by the fun scenario and the awesome harmony between Johnson and Blunt.