Take a Dive into the Depths with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

A Review of Disney’s Newest Film: “Jungle Cruise”



The Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland, the inspiration for Disney’s new movie starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson.

Laurie Lencioni, Editor

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt play the main characters in Disney’s newest film, “Jungle Cruise”. 

Johnson plays Frank Wolff who charters tourists around the jungle showing them the attractions of the deadly jungle. Blunt plays Dr. Lily Houghton, a brilliant and fearless explorer.

Lily is first brought into the story when she discreetly breaks into a museum in search of an important artifact, an arrowhead, that will lead her and her brother, MacGregor Houghton (played by Jack Whitehall) to discover the Tears of the Moon. Because of her gender, she is not respected in the research community, so Lily uses her brother as a front for her research and presentations.

Frank is then introduced on an exciting river charter on his boat called the La Quila. He shows tourists an exciting and dangerous, while somewhat planned, trip through the jungle. During this scene, Disney took many of the classic jokes from the Jungle Cruise ride in Disneyland park such as, “The rocks you see here in the river are sandstone. But some people just take them for granite.”

Lily and MacGregor travel to the Amazon River in South America in search of the Tears of the Moon. Here they meet Frank, who is in a tough money situation, and Lily offers to pay generously for the trip. Frank leads them on their journey  

The dynamics between two bossy and stubborn characters, Frank and Lily, creates many tense scenes between the two. Frank and Lily begin their relationship purely about her search for the Tears of the Moon, but later on the relationship develops into an important friendship.

In the “Jungle Cruise” movie, similarly to the original “Pirates of The Caribbean” movies, viewers follow a similar scene of the classic Jungle Cruise ride that is a popular attraction in Disneyland. 

There are many moments in the movie where Johnson can be seen making classic Jungle Cruise skipper jokes that make the ride enjoyable. This hilarious montage of jokes kept the spirit of the ride consistently an important part of the film.

While the movie may be based on the ride, it is not necessary to have experienced the ride to enjoy the movie. The plot of the film is not connected to the ride, therefore allowing individuals who have not been on the ride, to have the same experience as those who have been on the Jungle Cruise ride.  

Throughout the entire movie there are many action filled scenes. Frank and Lily are followed through the jungle by a German prince who attempts to capture Lily to obtain the arrowhead she stole. 

While the German prince is the main villain in “Jungle Cruise,” he receives the help from three legendary conquistadors who have been cursed by the jungle.

This movie is very fun and enjoyable to watch. The acting of Johnson and Blunt brings to life their journey into the Amazon River. Johnson and Blunt work well together in order to show the viewers the thoughts and feelings of their characters. 

While this movie is definitely an amazing film and very entertaining. The film deserves 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. There were many plot twists that kept viewers on the edge of their seats and kept their eyes glued to the screens. However, there are some moments where the plot itself was slower and harder to get through, but it picked up again rather quickly allowing the viewer to stay entertained.

Disney has outdone themselves with their newest film, making “Jungle Cruise” enjoyable for the whole family.