Movie Review: Johnson and Blunt Soar in Disney’s Jungle Cruise!

The Jungle Cruise ride is a favorite of mine.  With both my babies, I was able to wear them while they slept in a baby carrier and enjoy the silly jokes and leisurely rides along the river.  It still is a favorite experience for my family so I was definitely looking forward to Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Read on for a spoiler-free review of Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

Jungle Cruise movie review


Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.

Jungle Cruise Movie Review

Jungle Cruise is simply put is pure fun.  It has action, ridiculous puns, and amazing sets that lift aspects of both the rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  Here’s what sets this movie apart from the other movies based on rides- the main characters have genuine chemistry.  Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt seem to be having a great time in this film and that comes across onscreen with their bold smiles, eye rolls and flirtatious comments.  It also makes a great show of every single character killing it at slapstick physical comedy.

There’s a moment in Jungle Cruise where a character reveals who they truly are and it is the most heartwarming part of the movie.  Disney will get a ton of flack for this but for the people who feel invisible or like they need to hide who they are, it’s such a comforting moment.

One thing I’m noticing about these types of movies is that they are just a tad too long. If I could have shaved off about 15-20 minutes I would have but that’s a minor criticism for a movie that provides much-needed relief to all the stress of this world.

Is Jungle Cruise Appropriate for Children?

It’s not appropriate for super young kids that get scared easily.  There were moments where my 8-year-old hid her face mostly when the main villain transforms into a supernatural being.  Other than that she really enjoyed the action and the silly jokes.

Where can I watch Jungle Cruise?

Disney+ subscribers can get Jungle Cruise Premier Access for a one-time fee of $29.99 per movie paid directly on or on supported platforms. Once Premier Access has been unlocked, subscribers can enjoy a cinematic experience at home through the Disney+ app on a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Jungle Cruise will be available to all Disney+ subscribers at a later date at no extra cost. 

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