Jungle Cruise – Film Review
by Katie McCann
Director – Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers – Glenn Ficarra(screenplay by), John Requa(screenplay by), Josh Goldstein(screen story by)
Stars- Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons
Jungle Cruise is the latest instalment in the long and somewhat tired tradition of Disneyland rides being turned into movies. There was the hugely successful and almost never ending Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as, the less successful but still very good fun, The Haunted Mansion. Jungle Cruise is following in the footsteps by taking one of Disneyland’s most popular rides and putting a story to it of sorts. Set deep in the Amazon during the Great War, Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her dandy of a brother (Jack Whitehall) are on the hunt for a legendary tree with unparalleled healing abilities.
But they are not the only ones searching for it as Prince Joachim (played by the always wonderfully surprising Jesse Plemons) is also on the hunt in the hopes of securing the tree’s powers to help Germany win the war. Thankfully Dr Houghton has Frank (Dwayne Johnson) and his trusty rust bucket of a boat to guide her on her journey down the Amazonian river and so thrills and spills ensue.
There is a whole other element to the plot regarding Spanish conquistadors but honestly, all you need to know about this film is that it’s less about the plot and more about having fun. And fun you will have! The film is just like the ride, full of twists and turns with some impressive action sequences plus a bunch of corny gags, just don’t expect it to change your life.
The leads of the film carry it along with all the charm and wit they can muster, which is a lot and very enjoyable to view. It’s a little too long at over two hours but honestly, it has enough funny gags and thrills to make it a great little family-friendly adventure for the summertime.