Jungle Cruise (2021)

“Hey, McGregor! Had a girlfriend once, she was cross-eyed. Didn’t work out. We could never see eye to eye!” – Frank Wolff

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A scientist/adventurer travels to the dark reaches of South America in order to find a magical flower that has an amazing healing power.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been curious about ever since it was announced years ago.

The release was delayed over a year due to COVID and finally came out just two days ago.

I have always been a fan of both The Rock and of Emily Blunt, so I decided to see what it was all about.

The movie does have a slight vibe that parallels a lesser Indiana Jones, The Mummy or Lara Croft adventure and that helps keep things fun even if it’s often very difficult to actually believe everything that transpires.

The film brings in a magical element which changes things around a bit and that actually makes things a bit more engaging especially when looking at things from the perspective of a child.

The story moves along at a nice pace and stays thrilling throughout despite the very Disney-esq aspects of many of the scenes which is obviously expected due to this being based on a ride from Disney World.

The effects work well in transporting the viewer to a different, magical kind of world which is great for escapism for two hours of silly fun, but it unfortunately doesn’t manage to offer much more than that along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many of the puns Frank uses are taken directly from the Disney Parks attraction on which the ride is based. These “so bad they’re good” jokes are one of the reasons why Jungle Cruise skippers are so important to the ride experience. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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