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Disney’s Jungle Cruise Review

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If you love adventure movies with the same fantasy feel as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, then I have the perfect film for you and your whole family to enjoy.

Jungle Cruise, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Michael Green, is an absolute must watch.

Plans for the movie started back in 2004 following the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but lay dormant until 2011. Tom Hanks or Tim Allen were first eyed to star in it, but that version fell through.

Disney then smelt what The Rock was cooking, and Dwayne Johnson was cast in 2015, with Blunt following in 2016 to get the project going again. Filming began in 2018.

Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), wanting to make her mark in the scientific world mostly ruled by men in 1916, steals an arrow head with the help of her brother, MacGregor Houghton (Jack Whitehall) from under the nose of a deranged German aristocrat, Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons). They then travel to Brazil and reluctantly enlist the help of Captain Skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), who basically scams people with an Amazon Jungle Cruise, much like the actual Disney theme park attraction, while treating them to his bad (but funny) puns. All manner of action and mayhem ensue with Prince Joachim and cursed 16th century Spanish conquistadors, led by Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez), hot on their heels in their search of the Tree of Life.

That is the short version of the premise. Here is the trailer:

The movie is a lot of fun, and suited for the whole family. Especially if you like the fantasy styled movies that Disney prides itself on. The CGI is very well done, and the movie does its best to immerse you in the milieu that the movie is set in.

The normal wisecracks and hilarity you got from the Pirates franchise also apply, and is very palpable between Blunt and Johnson’s characters. Prince Joachim’s cool, calm and friendly demeanour, sometimes belies his deranged, violent behaviour which I found hilarious.

There is no difficult plot to unravel, really, except for a secret that Frank carries around with him. The movie is very straightforward, and loads of fun, which will definitely be enjoyed by younger viewers.

It also features an iconic song from Metallica, beautifully rearranged with an orchestra by and also performed by James Newton Howard. Give it a listen here:

I can really recommend this movie. I really enjoyed it, and so will your whole family.

Last Updated: August 5, 2021

Loads of fun for the whole family. I'm going be brave and give it a 10.
10
was reviewed on Disney +

14 Comments

  1. Glad to see you were brave and gave a wholesome and feel good adventure film top marks https://media3.giphy.com/media/82okbuuqL4cAVdtQei/giphy.gif

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    • MonsterCheddar

      August 5, 2021 at 06:59

      It really deserved it. Can’t remember when last I enjoyed a film this much.

      Reply

  2. D4m@E

    August 5, 2021 at 06:13

    It has some issues and the CGI was a bit iffy in certain spots, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    It’s a throwback to the type of movies that we just don’t get anymore.

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    • MonsterCheddar

      August 5, 2021 at 06:58

      Indeed.

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  3. Mandalorian Jim

    August 5, 2021 at 07:09

    A 10? Sweet mother of mercy! Someone needs to tie this Kaas down, he’s out of control. But, seriously though, I am interested in watching this movie. I enjoyed the Jumanji movies, and this seems like a weird mixture of Jumanji and Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Plus, it has the Rock in it. How can you go wrong?

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    • MonsterCheddar

      August 5, 2021 at 07:17

      I assure you, it hits all the spots. And yes, Jumanji (the old movie) mixed with a touch of Pirates is exactly what it feels like.

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    • D4m@E

      August 5, 2021 at 07:29

      I’d throw a bit of The Mummy in there as well.

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    • R1ker

      August 6, 2021 at 07:10

      I watched this last night and totally loved it. For me it was more a combination of pirates and the mummy.

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  4. Original Heretic

    August 5, 2021 at 09:55

    I did a double take when I heard Nothing Else Matters.
    Metallica, doing a Disney soundtrack?!?

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    • MonsterCheddar

      August 5, 2021 at 10:21

      I heard while watching the movie and it made my boy parts grow.

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      • Original Heretic

        August 5, 2021 at 12:27

        “Boy parts”?
        Oh…oh are you still waiting for puberty to kick in?

        Don’t worry, you’ll get there.

        I mean, even men in TIGHT tights had to, merry as they were.

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  5. Emperor Pen

    August 8, 2021 at 05:44

    The puma looked a bit weird but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s like all those old movies from the 90s, but rolled into one.

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    • MonsterCheddar

      August 10, 2021 at 10:01

      Its a jaguar, but yes the CGI was a bit iffy here nd there, but not enough to detract from the awesomeness of the movie.

      They always struggle with big cat CGI, because they try to put emotion into an animal that doesn’t show emotion. The best CGI in a big cat was in Jungle Book in my honest opinion.

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  6. Mandalorian Jim

    August 10, 2021 at 05:45

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. It so ridiculous and over-the-top, it’s exactly what you needed for this long weekend.

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