Hello My Movievaures! I hope you had an amazing week. I’ve been in Faro (Portugal) this week, but that didn’t stop me from staying on top of the latests releases of this summer. Today’s article and as I’ve you seen on the title is Jungle Cruise, Disney latest movie. When I watched the trailer a few weeks ago, I wasn’t really excited. By all means, even though the headline is pretty amazing with Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, I was expecting a terrible/cliché/boring adventure. Was I wrong? Absolutely! Let me tell you why.
Jungle Cruise is a fantasy, adventure movie based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name. Exactly as Pirates of the Caribbean, indeed. And I would even take the risk of saying that this movie could be the next POC as per its huge quest potential, high quality characters, nice action scenes and spontaneous jokes. We follow Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) in her search for an ancient tree that allows to heal everything and everyone and will change the future of medicine forever.
Together with his not-very-brave brother and with Frank’s (Dwayne Johnson) help they will travel down the Amazon facing many dangers, not only from the river but also from everyone else looking to gain possession of this magical power. The plot could seem simplistic, but allows the characters to have a clear goal and sets the incorporation of other characters and sub-plots that will be a positive add to the main scenario and leads of this story.
Jungle Cruise has the magic necessary to make us dream, the fighting to excite us and the pleasantry to make is laugh. I felt as thrilled as the first time I saw The Curse of the Black Pearl at nine years old. It was thrilling to sail for this insane but inspiring adventure. This storyline also adresses a certain amount of important themes such as feminism with Lily’s constant fight against patriarchy; LGBT’s rights with McGregor storyline; friendship and treason, family, colonialism and many others, without a condescend or guilty view thrown at the viewers.
The chemistry between the main leads is also unapologetically modern, but real. No more of the damsel in distress and handsome hero. We have two complementary individuals that together are able to do amazing things. There is no goofy relationship or constant sexual tension to distract us from the main storyline. As surprising as it could seem, Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson are a duo that works terrifically.
In short, Jungle Cruise is a great movie of its genre. The characters are fun and interesting. The plot works pretty well with the correct amount of magic, action scenes and hilarious situations that will get you in a good mood. Because this is the goal of a movie like this: make us travel, dream and laugh, and this movie those all of this. I completely recommend it!
This is all for today My Movievaures! I’ll see you next week for a new article on one of the most awaited Action movies of the year: Fast & Furious 9. Yes baby ! So stay tuned and follow me on Instagram for more live reactions and news ! Adeus My Movivevaures.