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Jungle Cruise may not have seemed like much judging from the trailers, but I’m here to tell you that the film is a ton of fun and a fantastic ride from start to finish.
The film follows Lily, a botanist who is determined to find the legendary Tears of the Moon, a tree that produces life-saving blooms. One petal is enough to save someone’s life, no matter what their illness. Lily is determined to find the tree in order to advance medicinal science by decades, centuries even. She enlists the help of Frank, a riverboat captain who makes a living taking people on jungle cruises. He reluctantly agrees to guide her deep into the Amazon. Together, they face all manner of danger, and find something neither of them expected to find.
Wow, the trailers did not do this film justice. They make it look like some cheap thrill with Disney flair. But it is so much more than that. Where the advertising may have failed, the film soared. It had a ton of humor, especially puns for all you dad-humorists out there, and a great story filled with adventure and heart.
I admit, when the film first started, Dwayne Johnson felt horribly miscast. But, as the film progressed, I grew to love him as Frank and by the end, it completely made sense why he was chosen for the role. The chemistry he had with Emily Blunt lit up the screen. She has such a beautiful personality that it is very difficult to not like her. Matching her with Johnson’s charisma was genius.
Jesse Plemons was a fantastic villain. He looked like he was absolutely having the time of his life. He was practically smiling in every scene, even when he was supposed to be threatening and it worked so well. It made him seem unhinged and unpredictable.
The best part of the film, however, has to be the story itself. The set up, the twists and turns, the conclusion…everything was so close to perfect that it’s hard to rate this film. There were a couple moments that felt a little too silly and a couple moments slowed the film toward the three-quarter mark. It wasn’t enough to bring my enthusiasm for the film down, however.
In conclusion, I highly recommend any fan of adventure to check this film out. I don’t foresee it becoming a huge franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean, but honestly, it’s better off that way. It needs to stand on its own. I give Jungle Cruise a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2021 Nathan Jasper
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 01, 2021:
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 31, 2021:
A great review. And, now I will want to see this film.