Jungle Cruise: A Movie Review

Jungle Cruise: A Movie Review

Dawson Broten, Writer

Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt is the most fun movie viewing experience I’ve had since the last time Disney made a movie based off a theme park ride with Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a light hearted action romp through the Brazilian rainforest with likable characters and very passable CGI. 

There is a difference, however, between a fun movie and a good movie. There was a LOT of CGI, and it teetered on feeling overused for a large portion of the runtime. The plot also begins to feel stretched out towards the middle, which could lead younger or less patient viewers becoming bored and totally checking out. They also steal quite a few jokes (notable the very corny ones) from the theme park attraction, which could be distracting if you’ve actually been on the ride. There were also a few action scenes that felt a little redundant, but they’re flashy enough that your eyes dont totally glaze over by the end.

Even accounting for those flaws, this movie isn’t bad. The leads have good chemistry with each other, and you really feel them go from being total strangers to being totally in love by the film’s end. Dwayne Johnson adds a healthy dose of charisma to his part, and you begin to root for him before he’s even really characterized. Most of the other actors, while not as likable as Dwayne, do a very passable job at getting you to care for them. The one exception are the antagonists, who feel sort of ambiguously evil, but that’s par for the course with this type of movie.

It’s a fun and entertaining movie that will keep the entire family occupied for a couple of hours, but it’s not the type of movie that will give you a lot to think about after the fact. It achieves what it set out to do, and that results in a movie that I very well might watch again at some point.

I give Jungle Cruise a 7/10.