Pirates of the Caribbean meets Indiana Jones. Jungle Cruise is a fun movie with nothing special except maybe a kiss. Why? Because Disney.
Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element, Jungle Cruise (the movie) is a fun movie to watch with the whole family.
However, I can’t help to see some very striking similarities with other Disney franchises, mainly Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones. And that’s not necessarily a dreadful thing mainly due to the presence of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Now, let’s get into the details. Director Jaume Collet-Serra made a beautiful scenery with a script that resulted in a fun ride along with the stars, however, it wasn’t anything special. Disney relied once again on its “winning” formula of family friendly fantasy action mixed with “dad jokes”.
What I’m interested in was the subtle “progressive” hints that were inserted here and there. Subtle enough for the adults to notice them while they are way over and kid’s head. Disney obviously has a lot to work on when it comes to inclusion and diversity, but you can start seeing some of it here. A live action kiss here, a hint at “other choices” there. I won’t spoil it, but Jack Whitehall was fun to watch in that scene and during the whole movie. I actually saw myself in him if I ever get on a cruise in the middle of the Amazon.
Should you watch it?
The end product isn’t quite as sturdy as some of the classic adventures it’s indebted to, but Jungle Cruise remains a fun, family-friendly voyage.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Jungle Cruise exclusively on Disney+ everywhere.