Spoiler-Free Review of Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’. The new Jungle Cruise movie has seen several long-term delays due to changes in production and the COVID-19 pandemic and will now premiere in theaters and via Disney+ Premier Access on July 30, 2021. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti “in the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE, a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.”
In the film, Dr. Lily Houghton travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila–his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities–possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate–and mankind’s–hangs in the balance.
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Disney’s Jungle Cruise relies on the playful themes of the Disney Parks attractions of the same name, and though this is a fun aspect for fans of the Disney Parks like myself, we could easily tell the jokes would fall flat after the first eye-roll-inducing use for less invested fans. Like several other reporters, I did notice a similar feel to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and it’s hard to not see the comparison as the story continues. The films follow a similar formula: witty and cunning lead characters, a mysterious mission that isn’t quite what it seems, and egotistical supporting roles that add to an already drawn-out story.
Though we did enjoy the film overall, there is something to be said about it feeling like an unnecessary story. This has been a chief complaint for many Disney fans regarding the latest slew of live-action films and remakes. The original stories are what set Disney apart from other entertainment companies, and the remakes and attraction-inspired films just leave something more to be desired.
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On that note: the feel of the film has nothing to do with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s performances. The two made an excellent pairing for this adventure and were the saving grace of the movie. As promised we won’t spoil anything about the film’s story, but getting to see these two grow starting as strangers in the beginning and facing a life-threatening adventure was a thrill of its own and didn’t need to be called “Jungle Cruise” to make us invested in the story.
To sum it all up, we think that fans will enjoy Disney’s Jungle Cruise and will enjoy streaming the movie on Disney+ for years to come, but adventure and action lovers will not want to miss their chance to see it in theaters. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Disney!
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