First Glance: “Jungle Cruise”

Disney continues to warm us up for their summer movie lineup, this time by releasing a new trailer for “Jungle Cruise”. Our new look at this big-budgeted blockbuster that’s based on a popular Disneyland theme park ride looks like it wants to be this generation’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The trailer looks, feels, and plays like those Jerry Bruckheimer produced flicks. And just like “Pirates”, it puts a lot on the massive shoulders of a wildly charismatic lead.

“Jungle Cruise” sees Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a beefy riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a scientist traveling down the treacherous Amazon in search of the Tree of Life. The tree is believed to have healing powers which could revolutionize modern medicine. But as we see in the trailer, there are countless dangers awaiting including a hilariously devious Jesse Plemons playing the villain. Johnson is a big personality but Blunt can match him step-for-step. Together they make a fascinating and fun pair. Hopefully there’s enough originality to the story to make it more than just “Pirates” in a new setting.

“Jungle Cruise” releases July 30th in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

7 thoughts on “First Glance: “Jungle Cruise”

  1. Looks like the sort of dopey but harmless entertainment that I’d watch at home on DVD. Did you notice it has a runtime of 2 hours 38 minutes? Does that seem a little long for this sort of movie?

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