Get ready, because the Jungle Cruise is about to set sail! Based on the popular Disneyland ride of the same name, “Jungle Cruise” will now be a live-action film. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering Disney’s recent trend of live-action updates. In 2019 alone, “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” were all converted into live-action films. (As a huge Disney fan, I can’t complain about this.) 2020 is already promising several more live-action films, including “Mulan” and “Jungle Cruise.”
Although the film draws inspiration from the ride, it looks to be much more action-packed, following a riverboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) and an explorer (Emily Blunt) who set out on a Amazon jungle expedition. Along the way, they might even encounter something supernatural.
I have to admit, the expedition with a potential supernatural curse storyline reminds me of several films that have been done before, including “The Mummy,” “Pirates of The Caribbean” and “Jumanji.” (Dwayne Johnson is certainly a fan of jungle-related cinema!) Even if the story line seems a bit familiar, Disney always ropes me in to see their films.
With Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson as the title characters, there’s no doubt “Jungle Cruise” will at least be an entertaining watch. The two leads look to share witty banter back and forth throughout the trailer. My big question mark is the effects. The short clips of the “mystical force” that is threatening the cruise looked a little bit strange. I guess my sights are set too high because of the incredible animal effects on the Jungle Cruise ride. (The hippos only look a little bit plastic! They looked so realistic 20 years ago.)
“Jungle Cruise” is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti. It will sail into theaters July 24, 2020.
Watch the trailer here. Are you excited for the “Jungle Cruise”? Let us know in the comments below!
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Rebecca Daniel is a freelance journalist from Atlanta, Georgia. She was introduced to “The Sound of Music” at age two which led to her love of film and all things musical. You can often find her writing a review about the latest movie she’s seen in theaters or counting down the days until she watches the next one. Rebecca recently made a short film called “Movie: Impassable.” She just got her Independent Producing Certificate with UCLA Extension and hopes to make more movies in the near future! She is inspired by directors like David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, and Damien Chazelle. When movies aren’t on her mind, Rebecca enjoys hanging out with friends, watching football and baking a fun dessert.