Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-27 12:33:00 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN)-Like the vehicle on which it is based, the “jungle cruise” floats along a sea of bad jokes and suspensions of disbelief, content drifting along a strange stream of eccentricity.
Available at the theater and Disney + Premier Access on July 30th, Jungle Cruise will deliver refreshing summer action comedy goods, even if the ride is a bit rough and the ship leaks a bit.
It’s not easy to put together a cohesive action movie from a 7-minute Disneyland attraction, but director Jaume Collet-Serra (“Run All Night”, “Zasharo”) will do the job.
With Rube Goldberg-style action scenes, ridiculous plot unfolding, and coneball jokes, the movie feels like it was designed as a movie-shaped Lego video game.
Dwayne Johnson plays Frank, an ironic scammer who struggles with his days of half-heartedly escorting passengers through the Amazon rainforest. He is hired by wealthy and treasure-hunting British brothers Lily (Emily Blunt) and McGregor (Jack Whitehall) to look for relics that are believed to give eternal life.
Evil troops of collectors and mercenaries, including Aguile (Edgar Ramirez) and Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons), chase them, and greedy Harbourmaster Niro (Paul Giamatti) plays both for personal gain. ..
This movie is undoubtedly a movie in which the journey far exceeds the destination. It’s important that Johnson, Brandt, and Whitehall have fun watching together, and they’re pulling a rusty boat with an energetic fuss. Hitting each other with friendly insults, they fight through chattering, bundling, and embarrassing set pieces one after another. When floating with momentum, a harmless and refreshing tone maintains seaworthiness.
But boys, there are some rough spots.
The plot is a little too close to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” myth. CGI can be laughably worse than any joke, and the plot is a plug-and-play cliché erector set.
The movie is sometimes almost deliberately terrible, but it’s friendly and witty enough to overcome the swaying and dizzying heads to realize you’re having fun.
A “jungle cruise” is worth the soaked shoes and back pain associated with ride quality.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.