Are you ready for an expedition into the wild with the Rock as your tour guide? You'll also be joined by Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall who are passengers as well. The release of "Jungle Cruise" is only days away so we know you hopefully have all the things you need for this excursion. Oh, you don't? Well, don't fret, we're here with an extra life vest and the 9 things you need to know before you watch "Jungle Cruise." And after you read this, go watch it in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access this Friday.
Inspired by the Jungle Cruise Boat Ride
The idea for this film was born from the iconic river boat attraction at Disneyland called the Jungle Cruise. This ride is known for its leisure and its sightseeing. That is also true with this film, the ride is just a little bumpier than usual. Just as Disney did with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, they've taken a beloved attraction from Disneyland and turned it into a movie. We know that you'll feel the nostalgia for the ride when watching "Jungle Cruise" as well as a new hunger to seek out things like exploration and adventure.
Prepare for Plenty of Dad Jokes
If you've ever rode the Disneyland attraction, then you'll probably remember the abundance of punny moments from your tour guide. Just as the Skipper from the ride aimed to entertainment folks with their humor, the Skipper of this adventure, Frank (Dwayne Johnson), will try to do the same. He'll continue to do so even if his passengers aren't ferry impressed with his jokes. Our apologies, it probably a-boat time we stop this madness. Don't worry, those two puns were both Noovie originals, so you'll get to hear the actual dad jokes in theaters.
There Are Multiple Villains to Look Our For
Normally you'd expect to see a flurry of bad guys with one sinister leader standing atop his evil throne pulling the strings. That isn't quite the case here. The protagonists in this movie are cruising through the jungle searching for the Tree of Life. With such divine power that this tree is said to hold, they aren't the only interested parties. A perfect example of a film that has a similar dynamic is the 2003 film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Both Johnson and Blunt's characters have made some enemies along the way and now that they've teamed up, that means double the foes they'll have to fend off.
Get Ready for Some Stunts
Because of the great importance of finding the Tree of Life, Johnson and his team will be constantly hunted by everyone who wants the tree for themself. This means we can look forward to a ton of action sequences and stunts. This adventure acts more like a race and when you're racing sometimes you need to take shortcuts. And even if the quicker route seems like the best option, that doesn't mean it's the safer option. If you're navigating your way through a jungle, there's no telling what you might run into. Or what you might have to do to make it out alive.
It Shares Similarities with Other Popular Adventure Films
As you're watching this, you'll notice various plot elements and settings that will remind you of other films. For example, some have referred to Emily Blunt as the female Indiana Jones. And if we think about the premise of this film, it can be said that people may think of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or even more accurately "The Mummy." It's even been compared to a classic film from 1951, "The African Queen." So, there are certainly things about this film that are unique, but that's not to say that it's 100% original in its storytelling.
The Chemistry Between Blunt and Johnson Is Undeniable
When putting together Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, with Jack Whitehall as a welcomed third addition, we weren't sure what to expect. They both seem like very kind and charismatic people and they're both extremely talented actors as well. One of our first thoughts was, will one outshine the other because they're both so popular? Then our next thought was that it might actually just be an all-out acting war between them where the winner is the audience. One of the biggest appeals of this film is the unfettered, witty banter between these two. No matter what situation they find themselves in, they always find time to roast each other. And not only that, but with every wisecrack sent back and forth, their relationship grows stronger.
There's Plenty of Exciting and Explosive CGI
With this being in many ways a larger-than-life wildlife expedition film, the CGI that you'll see is incredible. Whether it's Frank and the gang trying to escape a torpedo being shot at their boat or just an angry jungle cat attacking everyone, there's something for everyone. Even some of the conquistadors that have a flood of snakes at their disposal make for some exciting and frightening moments.
This Is More Than an Action-Adventure Film
To define this movie as an action-adventure film just doesn't do it justice. There are several layers in the film that should be considered. At its core it might be considered a swashbuckler film. But others might see it as a theme park ride that's fun for the whole family. Because it was a ride before it became a movie, there's that nostalgic element to it that comes into play. It's also a story of discovery and hope. And usually with hope and discovery comes love whether it's platonic or not, so it might also be considered a love story. Finally, the big discovery that everyone is chasing after is a magical Tree of Life. So we might say that it's also a fantasy film.
The Flick Can't Be Taken Too Seriously
If you're looking for a complex story then this isn't that film. The purpose of Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride was for people to sit back and enjoy. This one should be thought of in the same way. We have a group of explorers trying to make a new discovery as they travel uncharted areas while other antagonists try to stop them and take the power for themselves. "Jungle Cruise" doesn't need to be anything more. Some things won't make perfect sense. But that's part of the plan. It's a vehicle to escape for a couple hours. And it's an opportunity to journey to a place that doesn't exist in real life.
July 30, 2021
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.