Our time’s most successful film studio is a poison-expensive adventure film carved out of another Disneyland attraction. It has won one of the biggest stars of the new millennium, let alone one of its most popular actresses. But will Jungle Tour be as successful a franchise as Pirates of the Caribbean? It is highly questionable.
That’s what it’s about.
We are in the first years of World War II. Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), with her brother-in-law scientist-adventurer brother, Gingerbread MacGregor (Jack Whitehall), arrives in the Amazon River to find the tree of legendary life whose petals can revolutionize health. On his way, Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), the charismatic but rather unreliable ship captain, asks for help. The trio embarks on a jungle where they have to deal with the elements and a supernatural threat and a German baron (Jesse Plemmons) who is a submarine and j armed with firepower.
That’s why it’s good.
While the heat is raging outside and we haven’t even gotten out of COVID’s fatigue anyway, and the threatening shadow of the fourth wave is already starting to tower over our heads, so while we’re in a lot of trouble, a visually focused adventure film with a thrilling but carefree world comes in handy. It can be forgotten where heroes cut themselves out of the roughest craze with acrobatic movements or well-timed speeches. The drama is always solved by some pleasant humour bomb or an emotional wink at each other good ones win. Disney has delivered movies like this in recent decades, and they don’t lie in garnish and tone this time either.
Sure, it wouldn’t be worth it without charismatic protagonists, and while Dwayne Johnson brings the favicon-baking, father-in-law captain a little routine, and he’s too dramatic to be believable as an acrobat swinging on lianas anyway, his charisma is okay this time too, consistency with Emily Blunt, who in turn proves once again that any role is right for her. No wonder anno Johnson approached her colleague with a personal video to convince her that she should be featured in this film (after the actress threw back her script without reading it). And really, it may be that Johnson’s first name on the poster, Jungle Tour, is primarily Blunt’s film, not only because he plays with a devotion that fills the entire canvas, but also because his character has a message. Also worth mentioning is MacGregor’s figure,
That’s why it’s not good.
Except for its protagonist trio, the Jungle Tour is “business as usual,” a matinee full of commonplaces and stereotypes. The villains are simple cartoons, the drama is shallow, and the visual elements often overwhelm the story, the benefits of which are narrated anyway. It’s a shame for this alibi, especially since the story included twisting one with novel villains on the templates. Still, as far as Frank’s character is concerned, the story fits into an interesting and unexpected line.
And there’s a bit of an effort to get Disney to find a successor to the Caribbean movies, because in addition to its hit, Jungle Tour specifically has a horror or two that seems to have jumped out of Jack Sparrow’s world one by one, and Johnson and Blunt’s charisma here. Or there. Therefore, none of them is as memorable as the captain already mentioned.
Is it worth your money?
The Jungle Tour can conjure for two hours lost with its superficial but vibrant plot, charming but not too deep characters, and it even has a message. However, no one should be surprised if you can barely recall anything from the movie the next day.