Based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name, ‘Jungle Cruise’, set in 1916, follows Dr Lily Houghton’s (Emily Blunt) quest to find the Tears of Moon located in South America. She is aided by skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) who captains the ramshackle river boat, La Quila. If the ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ and ‘Jumanji’ had a baby, it would be ‘Jungle Cruise’.
It’s a complete entertainer
‘Jungle Cruise’ packs action, comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and drama. In other words, it’s a good old entertainer. The story has plenty of genuinely hilarious moments, some unexpected twists and turns, lots of action and really next-level CGI.
The Rock and Emily Blunt share crackling chemistry
This film is a lot of fun to watch thanks to the fabulous chemistry shared by its leads. As the wise-cracking, pun-loving Frank and pragmatic, no-nonsense Lily, Johnson and Blunt ooze charm and sincerity. They look great together and play off each other thanks to their impeccable comic timing.
It’s a visual feast for the eyes
The rich Amazon forests and river, the inviting bars in Brazil, early 20th century London, the Puka Michuna tribe that guards the Tree of Life – all come alive spectacularly. The film is an optical buffet, offset with vibrant colours and aided by the expert cinematography of Flavio Martinez Labiano.
A super story
The story grips you from the get-go. You’re easily invested in Lily’s quest and want her to succeed; the backstory involving Don Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez), the Spanish conquistador whose attempt to seek the Tears of the Moon ends in tragedy; the cartoonish antagonist Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) and his wildly unconventional methods of thwarting Lily.
The cast is icing on a delicious cake
Johnson and Blunt are aided ably by Jack Whitehall who plays McGregor Houghton, Lily’s younger, foppish brother armed with hilarious one-liners and sharp three-piece suits. Ramirez as Aguirre is effectively menacing, while Plemons’ German royal is everything you’d expect from an over-the-top Disney villain.
Director: Juame Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramirez
‘Jungle Cruise’ is playing in cinemas near you.