Jungle Cruise

The Premise: Based on a beloved ride at Disney that’s 20% water ride and 80% dad jokes (now with less racism!), the film adaptation introduces us to Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), thwarted at every turn because of her gender, but dedicated enough to scientific pursuit to follow it all the way to the Amazon where she engages irascible skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to deliver her to the jungle.

The Verdict: While it achieves no great heights, it’s a decent action-adventure the whole family can enjoy. It relies heavily on the charm and chemistry between Blunt and Johnson, who are quite apparently enjoying themselves on screen. Emily Blunt is gorgeous, even in pants, Johnson is formidable wrestling a cheetah, Jack Whiteall stuns in a series of dinner jackets, Paul Giamatti looks like he was born to sport a gold tooth, and Jesse Plemons delivers a memorably villainous accent. A cross between Disney’s successful ride-based franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the more recent Dora the Explorer effort, Jungle Cruise is just fun enough, funny enough, interesting enough, and exciting enough, but with the excessive charisma oozing from our two leads, this is a worthwhile watch – in theatres, or on Disney Plus.

10 thoughts on “Jungle Cruise

  1. Liz A.

    It was a nice ride. Some place to sit while on the water that didn’t need too much brain power from the riders. Maybe I’ll see this. I’m not sure.

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  2. Birgit

    I do want to see this for an escape. My friend worked at the Canadian Pavilion back in 1987 to 1989 and that was enough for him. The Guy who ran the Jungle Ride had a family from the South come up to him wanting to take the ride but he told them that it was done for the day. The family were not happy and the man of the group was so sad that they will not see the lions and elephants. The guy who ran the ride said it would be open the next day and the family were thrilled and could wait for the African safari. The kid kept hearing them talk about seeing the wild animals and so jokingly told them it was a 3 day safari and to bring their luggage. He was shocked when, the next day, they brought all their luggage believing they were going on an actual African lion safari! As a result, the kid was fired because the family complained that they could not see real lions and elephants and not going to Africa. My friend had many more stories about the Southern folk.

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  3. bg

    i found it very plastic ,yet enjoyed regardless. which is saying sonething as i am quite the grump these days when it comes to plastic movies 🙂

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