Jungle Cruise

Published July 31, 2021

Jungle Cruise

Film info

  • Title Jungle Cruise
  • Director Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Comedy
  • Tagline The adventure of a lifetime

Disney's Jungle Cruise is a rollicking thrill ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank's questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila, his ramshackle but charming boat, to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:39 Underestimating women, always a downfall!
6:05 She’s very good at this stealing lark.
9:28 “Breaking and enetering, grand larceny, and worst of all, having to take public transport.”
12:10 Tough crowd!! I’m loving the pun-play.
18:15 Whitehall clearly channelling his father right now… bad traveller.
22:53 “I am my best captain.”
25:45 That’s just the Rock wrestling a leopard. No biggie.
32:49 She can’t swim, so that’ll be important later.
34:04 Submarine!
48:10 I mean, I figured there would be snakes but still. Too many snakes.
53:10 Surely you can’t go back UP the rapids.
56:34 “To elsewhere.”
1:02:53 “Because she’s crazy. Crazy determined.”
1:17:39 Oh god, bees in a submarine.
1:31:17 Underwater lever to pull is SO Lara.
1:42:11 Nice tree.
1:51:38 The Rock has turned to rock!
1:55:42 A woman leading a tribe! Poppycock.


I’ve seen a variety of reviews for this movie ranging from brilliant to brutal, but I’m glad to say I really enjoyed it. Let’s be clear, there’s very little originality in this movie - it’s got The Mummy, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomb Raider, Romancing the Stone, and probably many more. But it embraces that and works within it’s boundaries to create a fun adventure movie. Switch off and prepare to enjoy it and you probably will.

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson riff off each other well, I’m not totally sure I buy them as a couple but they do seem to be having a lot of fun. And Whitehall does his bit as the fish-out-of-water to add to the humour. Genuinely the only complaint I have is the sheer volume of snake-related action, but it’s a movie with Jungle in the title so to be expected!

Rating: 5 / 5

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