Jungle Cruise (Feat. Kip Nazda)
Jungle Cruise (2021) movie review
Based on the Disneyland ride, Jungle Cruise stars Emily Blunt as a Dr. Lily Houghton who, along with her brother, travel to South America in search of a mythical flower with healing properties. There they meet and hire a rover boat captain played by Dwayne Johnson, who agrees to take them across the Amazon to find it. The film was released last month (I know, we were on vacation.) both in theaters and on Disney+ to, despite middling reviews and a simultaneous streaming release, first place at the box office. Now as I already alluded to, we are jetlagged and I’m not sure how much I’m feeling up to writing a full review right now! (Plus I’m still processing The Green Knight…) So we are going to pass it off to our friend Kip Nazda! Take it away Kip!
“What do you get when you combine: Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean? Jungle Cruise. Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The movie is based off the Disney ride just like Pirates of the Caribbean. In typical Disney fashion, there is a legend, then quest, some sort of twist, and a happy ending. I ended up paying the $30 to unlock the movie and watch from home. I was not disappointed for paying early, although I would of preferred the theater.
The movie was well paced and didn’t lag in my opinion. Johnson plays skipper Frank who is a con-artist and knows the Amazon like the back of his hand (no pun intended). When Lilly (Blunt) is on a search for a boat captain to take her on her journey to search for her treasure, Frank can’t help himself. Overall, I liked the chemistry with Johnson and Blunt; they fed off each other’s energy. Lilly’s brother, McGregor, is kind of the ‘forget it, slap stick’ character who has his own goals for the expedition. The main cons I have for this movie is the villains. There is a cursed Spanish captain (cue Pirates) and a German Prince (cue Indiana Jones) who have their own motives for the treasure. I felt that it lagged and could of been developed more and it was just thrown in there like Snoke from Star Wars (still sour about that).
Overall it was a funny movie and very quick at just over 2 hours. I gave it a 7/10 but that is just based on Blunt and Johnson, whom I am fans off. What did you guys think? Did you pay for early access? Did you go to the theater?
-review by Kip Nazda