There’s something about experiencing the greatness of Disney. It’s a feeling that permeates your very soul to the core and leaves you utterly filled with joy. That is the feeling Jungle Cruise gave me yesterday.
A few weeks ago I was one of those people who told myself that I would watch Jungle Cruise when it arrived on Disney+ for free. Then we went to see Snake Eyes. Suddenly, after somewhat enjoying the film that garnered a 38% Rotten score from critics, I thought to myself, “Oh what the heck. I might as well see Jungle Cruise too.”
When the first reactions spilled online and they painted a picture of fun, summertime movie watching I began to get excited about watching the film. Especially when I began to remember that every Emily Blunt movie I’ve watched has been an enjoyable experience.
So yesterday I went to my local Regal IMAX theater with my family and for two hours I was sucked into Disney World essentially. Jungle Cruise is no masterpiece in originality but it manages to infuse the best parts of other classic summer films–Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy, Indiana Jones–to become something that, in its own right, is something special.
Packed with humor, this is truly the adventure of the summer! Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall are the perfect trio. They are just the right balance of funny and likability without their scenes together never feeling forced or unbelievable. And I can’t leave out the performances of Jesse Plemmons and Edgar Ramirez as the film’s antagonists, both of which did great jobs bringing to life their characters in a way that was not only memorable but fun.
There’s a twist midway through the movie that perfectly ties the film together and makes the second half that much more interesting. And like all Disney movies, this film pulls at the heartstrings a couple of times and I ended up having to hold back tears.
All in all, Jungle Cruise was an adventure I wasn’t expecting but it’s become my favorite movie of the year (so far.) I’ll give it 93 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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