Jaume Collet-Serra directs Jungle Cruise, a 2021 American fantasy adventure film based on a script by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Michael Green. It is based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti and is produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It depicts an alternate timeline in which a captain of a tiny riverboat leads a scientist and her brother through the jungle in pursuit of the Tree of Life, battling a German expedition and cursed conquistadors.
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and Emily Blunt’s awaited fantasy adventure is finally set to release on 30 July 2021 in the USA and several other global markets. The film Jungle Cruise follows Johnson as a riverboat captain called Frank who is hired by a rare female scientist, Lily Houghton played by Emily Blunt.
Lily plans to travel across the Amazon rainforest, in search of an ancient tree that holds the power to heal any illness and wound, in hopes to change the future of medicine. The film also stars Jack Whitehall as Lily’s younger brother. Meanwhile, Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons and Quim Gutiérrez will be seen as the antagonists.
The Disney film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, is based on Disney’s theme park ride of the same name. This is not the first time the studio has created a successful franchise from their theme parks like the Pirates of the Caribbean. The film has received a positive response from critics as some got to view the film’s early screening.
In 2004, plans were made to make a feature film based on the Jungle Cruise rollercoaster. Until 2011, the project was idle. Johnson joined in 2015 when the initial version fell through. Blunt and the rest of the cast re-enacted the film in 2018, with filming taking place in Hawaii and Georgia from May to September of that year. James Newton Howard composed the music for the film.
Courtney Howard of Variety termed the picture “a thrill trip you’ll want to watch again.” Her message was as follows: “The #JungleCruise is an epic journey reminiscent of THE MUMMY (1999), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, and ROMANCING THE STONE, all rolled into one. A thrilling trip that you’ll want to see again and again. This is the greatest fun you’ll have all summer at the movies.” Meanwhile, Perri Nemiroff of Collider noted the film’s ensemble is “charming together.” “The #JungleCruise seems just like a theme park ride, which I enjoy. I like the mythology and the action, but the cast chemistry is the biggest winner of the group. Together, Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, and Jack Whitehall are incredibly endearing ” his tweet read.
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Screenrant’s Rob Keyes wrote, “I watched #JungleCruise today. @TheRock’s been saying for two years that it’s inspired by Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, and African Queen, and that’s exactly the way it plays. It’s super fun, with lots of heart, and after the first 10 minutes you’ll be locked in. More plz.”
Jungle Cruise is now available on Disney+ hotstar. So grab your pop corns and set a show!