Updated: Sep 21, 2021
You can never go wrong with a good adventure. Whether discovery hidden treasure or traveling through the galaxy, the silver screen has been no stranger to epic journeys that have made up the adventure genre. In the case of Walt Disney Pictures, the studio had an array of adventure films that have enthralled all kind of moviegoers. One such was movie was Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl which was based off the ride from Disney World. It is hard to believe that such a film could be successful but sure enough the movie was not just a hit but become a massive franchise for the studio. So perhaps the house of mouse can do it again with their newest blockbuster: Jungle Cruise.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the movie follows explorer Lilly Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks the help of Captain Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) in order to travel through the Amazon and find a mystical tree that can cure any alignment. The movie has been in consideration for quite some time and even intended to feature Tom Hanks and Tim Allen at one point in its development. However, after going through major changes the movie went into production in 2018 and, after much delay, the movie finally made its way to theaters this summer. Judging by the trailers, Jungle Cruise looked to be a swash buckling blockbuster that any Film Adventurer could enjoy; and after seeing the movie I can say that this adventure film was precisely that.
Jungle Cruise definitely lives up to the tropes and standards of an adventure movie. Between its mysteries and exciting structure, the story was worthy of its respected genre. Yet keeping to form was a bit of a double edged sword for this adventurous plot as it left little to the imagination when it came to the conflict. Although the plot had a few surprises that, while not groundbreaking, was certainly appreciated by keeping things interesting. Furthermore, the story’s use of legends and mysticism felt like that of Pirates of the Caribbean, but the execution of these concepts required further exploration. Despite its issues, plot at its core was a journey filled with laughs and excitement, and that was more than enough to make this tale an endearing one.
When it came to the leads both Lily and Frank were an adventurous pair. Both characters embody the adventurer archetype and as duo the two complimented each other quite well. As performances go, both Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt were enjoyable. The Rock was his typical charismatic self while Blunt, surprisingly, was able to match Johnson’s electrifying presence. Another surprise was Jack Whitehall as Lilly’s brother McGregor. McGregor looked to be a typical snob but there was much more to him than expected-particularly when it came to his personality. When it came to the supporting cast, the movie featured a group of outlandish characters such as Trader Sam (Veronica Falcon) and Nilo Nemolato (Paul Giamatti). As villains go, Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) was standard but enjoyable thanks to his eccentric nature while Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez) had stronger motivations than I would have expected. Between their enthusiasm and an enjoyable jaguar, the cast was a solid ensemble that fitting for this kind of adventure.
The adventure of Jungle Cruise was filled with excitement and wonder. The action was exhilarating with the chase sequences being highlights thanks to their keen execution. The visuals were also beneficial to in capturing the adventure by blending cgi with practical effects in a tolerable fashion. Rounding things out was the music by James Newton Howard. The score had an energetic beat that kept things excited, and its uplifting compositions was perfect in capturing the adventurous atmosphere to this summer blockbuster.
Jungle Cruise is an adventure through and through. While it could be rocky in places such as storytelling, the movie was able to stay the course with its enjoyable cast and enamoring presentation. Along with its exhilarating action and music, Jungle Cruise was an entertaining experience that embody the adventurous nature of a summer blockbuster.