Review of Jungle Cruise: The Rock Saved it Though

Jungle Cruise is a 2021 American adventure-fantasy film written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Michael Green and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Based on the Walt Disney park of the same name. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, this film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti. The captain of a small cruise ship tells an alternate story: he takes a scientist and his brother into the jungle searching for the Tree of Life, competing against a German expedition and cursed conquerors. In 2004, planning began for a feature film based on the original Jungle Cruise. This project was suspended until 2011. 

The original version flopped, and Johnson joined in 2015. Blunt and the rest of the cast joined the updated version in 2018 and filmed in Hawaii and Georgia from May to September. Compus de James Newton Howard.

The plot of Jungle Cruise

The plot of Jungle Cruise

In 1556, Don Aguirre led the Spanish conquistadors to South America in search of the Lagrimas de Cristal tree , where the flowers heal diseases, heal wounds and release curses. After many conquerors died, Puka Michuna treated the survivors as the tree’s flowers. When the chief refused to reveal the tree’s location, Agur stabbed him and set fire to the village. The dying chief cursed the conquerors and made them immortal, unable to leave the Amazon without being dragged into the jungle. In 1916 in London, Dr Lily Houghton’s study of Tears of the Moon was presented to the Royal Society by her uncle MacGregor.

Haughton requests access to a newly acquired arrowhead relic to revolutionise medicine and Britain’s war effort. Still, the request is denied because the tree is believed to be a legend and is hated by female scientists. But considering the arrowhead and her old map of the Amazon to be the keys to finding the tree, Lily steals it and manages to escape Prince Joachim, who is determined to find the tree for Germany.

Cast performance of the Jungle Cruise

Cast performance

Johnson is too muscular to play an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer, but he’s fun and playful with his eyes and muscles. McGregor’s profit “elsewhere” is another Disney inclusion. Blunt’s Lily follows the tradition of book-loving women, from Katharine Hepburn’s Rose in The African Queen to Rachel Weisz’s Evie in The Mummy. But she’s an expert lockpicker, learned from deli sea urchins, and packs a hell of a punch.

Positives of Jungle Cruise

Positives of Jungle Cruise

Despite the superb post-production and the stunningly rendered 3D, there is nothing in Jungle Cruise that you haven’t already seen. There are hints of the Indiana Jones films, The Mummy, and The African Queen, in addition to memories of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which is appropriate given that Jungle Cruise is yet another theme park ride adaptation.

Not that the movie is dull in any way. The journey is enjoyable and filled with monsters, magic, and terrible jokes. While the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s riverboat captain Frank and Emily Blunt’s botanist Lily, wearing pants, isn’t scorching, it is amiable and family-friendly. Additionally, he has the cutest pet jaguar.

Negatives of Jungle Cruise

minus of Jungle Cruise

Scripts are not scored for originality. There are many similarities to Curse of the Black Pearl. But it has fun, well-written characters and is fast-paced despite being just over two hours long. At first glance, Johnson is a simple villain, but the likeable character that fills the story. But a true star must be steadfast. The characters are well written, and he brings a lot of heart and humour to the role. To the author’s credit, they have much to do with Lily. Female characters in similar films are not always like that.