Jungle Cruise teaches a great lesson about patience. If you want to be patient, when the cinema reopens, I can watch it on the big screen for only 35 thousand rupiah. If you want to be patient, maybe early November I can watch it on Disney+ Hotstar. Unfortunately I was in a hurry, spending around 430 thousand rupiah for Premier Access, for a boring adventure.
Actually, Jaume Collet-Serra’s latest work (famous for Liam Neeson’s line of action flicks) isn’t that bad. It’s likely to be more satisfying on the big screen. But aren’t all movies like that? A good movie will be great in theaters. On the other hand, if a film has to be watched in theaters just to reach the “enough” level, the foundation is already weak. Top Movie Site
The sixth film (without counting the four Pirates of the Caribbean sequels) to be based on a Disneyland ride, Jungle Cruise actually got off to a convincing start. Set in World War I, we meet Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her sister, MacGregor (Jack Whitehall), are presenting research on Tears of the Moon, a legendary tree from South America, which is said to cure all diseases.
The presentation was made to members of the Royal Society, in the hope that they would give Lily access to an arrowhead, believed to hold clues to the location of the Tears of the Moon. Rejected flatly, Lily was forced to steal the arrowhead, presenting the first action sequence in Jungle Cruise, which reminds us of the excitement of adventure films such as The African Queen (1951), Sahara (2005), and of course the Indiana Jones series.
Through that sequence, Blunt proves that he is perfect for playing a hero in an adventure story. Clever, witty, passionate, fearless, athletic. The “hide-and-seek” action when stealing arrowheads, armed with a myriad of wits, fulfills the above characteristics.
Next, Lily and MacGregor just need to find a captain who is willing and able to take them across the Amazon River. Meet Frank (Dwayne Johnson), a low-cost tour provider, where tourists are “entertained” by fake threats (self-made backside of water, friendly tribe, etc.) A fairly smooth way of adapting the various peculiarities of the rides.
After a lot of discussion, Frank agreed to accompany Lily and MacGregor. On the other hand, Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) is an aristocratic German who has ambitions to use the Tears of the Moon to strengthen military weapons on the battlefield. Finally, the exciting and thrilling adventure begins…..well, it should be. Movie Review
But the farther you sail, the more boring Jungle Cruise becomes, due to relying too much on CGI visuals in the style of “a family blockbuster set in a fantasy world”, which is cartoonish and artificial, aka “dead”. Lifeless. Jaume Collet-Serra seems to be lulled by high-cost technology, which for the first time he gets, releases the organic excitement of the first action sequence of the film, replacing it with generic set pieces with minimal tension.
However, there is a lot of potential. Both in the form of the appearance of four mystical-scented antagonists with interesting designs and abilities (some are made of mud, tree roots, beehives, and snakes), as well as a twist related to Frank’s figure, which makes the film able to add a little violence to the action, but is still safe for consumption. all ages as usual Disney movies. Even the Blunt-Johnson combination which is highly entertaining (though less convincing when stepping into the realm of romance), is not strong enough to justify its 127 minute duration, which feels 30 minutes longer.
The script by Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049), Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Focus) actually has a lot of good intentions. Lily’s portrayal as a formidable figure in an adventure story dominated by male heroes deserves appreciation. On one occasion, Lily was captured by Prince Joachim’s men. Frank did show up at last, but only to lend a helping hand. Lily was able to overcome anything, leading me to believe she could “stand on her own”.
Meanwhile, regarding the decision to include LGBT characters, instead of producing empowerment, it feels forced, it doesn’t happen organically. Again, that’s a good idea. Even releasing the film on Disney+ (in a way) can be considered a goodwill, so that viewers don’t have to wait long to watch Jungle Cruise. But what is the meaning of good intentions without careful realization, which actually ends up making things worse? Best Movie