CRITICAL / FILM REVIEWS: The Disney studio is back with an endearing summer blockbuster: “Jungle Cruise”. Worn by Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the feature film returns to the firm’s great hits.
Jungle Cruise : controlled entertainment
After horror movies like The House of Wax and Esther, action films worn by Liam Neeson as Nonstop, Night run and The Passenger, and while waiting for the DC movie Black adam, Jaume Collet-Serra is back this summer with Jungle Cruise. Led by Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons or Paul Giamatti, the feature film is endearing old school entertainment.
Jungle Cruise tells how researcher Lily (Emily Blunt) travels to the Amazon jungle in search of a miraculous flower. Helped by her brother (Jack Whitehall) and the navigator Frank (Dwayne Johnson), she decides to go down the river in search of this flower of youth.
Jungle Cruise, in the manner of Pirates of the Caribbean, is a work adapted from a famous attraction in the Disney theme park. After many years and many trials (including one worn by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen), the project resurfaced in 2017, and therefore has just materialized. Without necessarily being a very ambitious feature film, Jungle Cruise is uninhibited, pleasant and above all family. The perfect summer proposition for children.
An old-fashioned adventure film
Even if the movie is too long (2:08 all the same), and thus sometimes loses its viewer, Jungle Cruise tries to reconnect with vintage adventure films. Jaume Collet-Serra brings a precise vision of these films from another time, somewhere between Indiana Jones (obviously) and In pursuit of the green diamond. His latest film is a classic Disney production, which expresses itself through its usual qualities as well as its flaws.
So despite an inevitable soft stomach, Jungle Cruise remains a happy spectacle, which rests its comedic and emotional springs on endearing characters, explosive action sequences and an always good-natured tone. Unpretentious, but always enhanced by a substantial budget, spectators find themselves immersed in a story of quest, adventure, exile, which could even recall the films of Philippe de Broca, with The man from Rio on your mind.
The filmmaker thus knows his references, from The Mummy To Pirates of the Caribbean (again him) through Around the world in 80 days. The kind of entertainment that’s a little formatted, but Disney has the secret. However, Jungle Cruise, which in no way revolutionizes the genre, would have gained in rhythm to be shortened. But the chemistry between the two main actors works perfectly.
Jaume Collet-Serra thus ticks all the boxes in the specifications : fantastic legends, a wild animal as a mascot, invading villains, exotic settings, an endearing romance, comical secondary characters (Jack Whitehall, like John Hannah in The Mummy) and a huge dose of unwavering good humor. So, Jungle Cruse is deeply pleasurable. It takes the form ofan effective feel-good movie, which reminds us that the cinema is also a way to let go and travel, without taking the lead!
Jungle Cruise by Jaume Collet-Serra, released on July 28, 2021. Above the trailer. Discover all our trailers here.