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“Jungle Cruise” A Delightful Adventure – Movie Review

Disney’s feature film Jungle Cruise is an exciting new adventure coming to theaters and on Disney+ July 30th. Audiences join Dr. Lily Houghton on a quest to find a legendary tree with healing powers. In her hopes to change medicine forever, she teams up with Skipper Frank Wolff to journey along the Amazon River.

Along the way, this team of explorers must race against evil to prevent their enemies from gaining the tree’s power. They survive nature, jungle inhabitants, and even ancient curses!

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Jungle Cruise is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It’s producers are John Davis, John Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn, with Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield as executive producers. The movie is written by John Norville & Josh Goldstein and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. The Jungle Cruise screenplay is by Michael Green and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.

With fantastic performances, an amazing score, funny jokes, and stunning visuals Disney’s Jungle Cruise is a great adventure!

Here is the scoop on our Jungle Cruise review!

Bringing The Ride To Life

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Jungle Cruise is inspired by the legendary Disney theme park ride The Jungle Cruise in Disneyland. The attraction itself involves park guests boarding a riverboat. They then sail along famous rivers, accompanied by a tour guide, and greet many tropical creatures along the way.

The film perfectly captures the feelings of being an early 1900’s explorer, just like the park attraction. Also, audiences will enjoy seeing all of their favorite jungle animals brought to life and interacting with characters.

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The movie also captures the cheesy jungle tour that park guests know and love. Jungle Cruise makes a trip along The Amazon River so appealing that viewers will want to go themselves!

The Right Cast For The Journey

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The Jungle Cruise cast features many talented people!

Emily Blunt plays Dr. Lily Houghton. She is in search of a magical tree that has healing powers. Lily wants to save as many lives as possible and change the medical world. She travels with her reluctant brother McGregor.

Lily is determined to help people and to be taken seriously as a woman in science. Also, she is very headstrong. This is a very good quality, but sometimes it gets her into trouble.

Dwayne Johnson plays skipper Frank Wolff, an adventurer and river guide. With the help of his jungle friends, Frank makes his money scamming tourists for money. He is a gifted sailor, and he loves making puns.

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Blunt and Johnson work very well together, both as a comedic duo and as a romantic match.

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Jack Whitehall plays McGregor, Lily’s brother. McGregor has an appetite for the finer things in life, so he is not excited to travel through the jungle. However, he makes the best of things and his hilarious commentary helps the journey go smoothly.

Fans of Whitehall will be surprised to see him sporting a clean-shaven face. Nonetheless, he perfectly embraces the clean-cut and polished characteristics of McGregor. Whitehall delivers a charming and hilarious performance.

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Jesse Plemons portrays Prince Joachim, the villain who is racing Lily to the tree.

Édgar Ramírez plays the explorer Aguirre. He is haunted by an ancient curse in the jungle.

Fans also get a pleasant surprise seeing Paul Giamatti in the role of Nilo.

Life Lessons

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In addition to action, Jungle Cruise has lots of heart. The protagonist, Dr. Lily Houghton is a woman struggling to be taken seriously in the world of science.

From the very beginning Lily proves herself to be just as capable, if not more so, than her male colleagues. She also demonstrates her confidence by wearing pants, which is scandalous in the early 1900’s.

Also, Lily and Frank discuss the idea of one person being “world enough” for someone. This heartwarming concept teaches audiences the importance of loving those around you.

A Jungle Cruise For The Whole Family

Audiences will love the Jungle Cruise movie! It is a charming and funny addition to the list of classic adventure movies. From start to finish, the film is an action-packed adventure about following your heart.

The movie’s lush jungle and tropical animals are delightful for both kids and adults. There is also a great balance between humor and heart.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie is full of action, adventure, romance, and hilarious puns. The film is an absolute delight to watch with your family in theaters or on Disney+.

We hope you enjoyed our Jungle Cruise review! For more great Disney scoop check out “Black Widow” Movie Review | A New Perspective for Marvel Fans and Top 10 Quotes From Disney Pixar’s “Luca”.

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