WHAT'S IT ABOUT

An intrepid explorer (Emily Blunt) and her blundering brother (Jack Whitehall) set out to find a mythical tree somewhere among the endless streams and tributaries of the great Amazon river. They hire Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) who is part-river guide, part-con man. While hijinks ensue, there are sinister forces waiting for the fearless group.

What did we think

  1. Stephen Scott September 6, 2021

    I've never been to Disneyland, so I couldn't have know that the initial trip on the river, the dad jokes, and the movie's styling are based on the ride. But you can see why it's a popular ride.

    Never aiming higher than the lowest common denominator, there’s nothing scary unless you’re afraid of snakes, bees, or tired German-bad-guy stereotypes, making this is a perfect 1970's Disney film. Utterly inoffensive, instantly forgettable, cheesy and twee: making it a perfect family film.

    Cute, but I wouldn't watch it again. 3.1 / 5

  2. Anthony Sherratt August 10, 2021

    It's always a hard sell basing a movie on a theme park ride, but the undeniable charisma of Blunt and Johnson paper over a lot of the cracks in Jungle Cruise. The story is a little thin, the bad guys a little two-dimensional, and the last act’s foray into the supernatural feels incredibly forced. Having said all that there is an element of fun that is hard to resist especially early on. It relies on the charm of the leads and a lot of humour but to be honest for a popcorn film perhaps that’s enough. It’s a B Grade Indiana Jones with dad jokes – a family friendly fun time.

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