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Movie Review: 'Jungle Cruise'

My thoughts on 'Jungle Cruise' and how Frank Wolff and Dr. Lily Houghton became more than acquaintances.

By Michael ReynosoPublished 3 years ago Updated 3 years ago 4 min read
Video Credit: @disneyplus

Welcome, movie fans!

Prepare for an epic adventure of a lifetime.

I give you.....

'Jungle Cruise'!

A family-oriented, feel good movie that captured our hearts and minds that brought various adventure, laughter, storytelling, and above all, hope. If you are a fan of adventure, this film allowed you to experience what is like to be in a jungle cruise.


Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal -- a discovery that will change the future of medicine.

The director for this film, Jaume Collet-Serra, did a spectacular job of orchestrating each character and adding layers to their story for us to gravitate to. Furthermore, the director allowed each character to express themselves in a meaningful way.

In this film, you have the most 'electrifying man in all of entertainment', The Rock, also known as Dwayne Johnson (Frank Wolff), and Emily Blunt (Dr. Lily Houghton) on this wild adventure. Furthermore, you see familiar sentiments of both 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'The Mummy' in this movie that recaptured the magic on screen. Compared to the other movies I mentioned, this movie was fleshed out a little more.

There is a creepy cursed undead army of elite men (Sancho, Melchor & Aguirre, which seemed little but looked like a lot. The story behind these undead army is whenever they are close to the water, they are immediately pulled from thick tree branches to be brought back underground.

The reason why these undead army were cursed is due to their rebellion on getting the 'Tears of the Moon' (a tree where a unique flower blooms), and save the leader's daughter from death. Frank didn't want any part of their evils plot so he separated himself and built a town close to the lake.

It took Aguirre and his undead men 400 years to search for their healing flower...

Until Frank and his two expedition partners fought their way to retrieve the flower.

Dr. Lily & MacGregor Houghton

Dr. Lily Houghton is a lady who knows what she is looking for. The proper gentlemen brother, MacGregor Houghton (Jack Whitehall), who shouldn't have been in this adventure but had no choice to tag along for the ride. Last but certainly not least, the scoundrel who takes them wherever they need to go. All of them teamed up and they go to their wild adventure.

A lot of people think it's just the movie that takes you back but it's the whole experience. It's not about simply putting in a movie CD-rom or a classic VHS. You want to go back in time and get nostalgic with any entertainment that captured you during your lifetime.

This movie feels like the 90's all over again. A family, fun action adventure movie that was supposed to come out in 1995. A little humor there if you caught that (laughs).

Dr. Lily Houghton & Frank Wolff

What literally carried this movie is The Rock and Emily Blunt to be quite honest. Their chemistry was a match made in heaven throughout the movie. With both Dwayne and Emily, you feel like you're on a fun adventure with them.

My favorite part of their chemistry is the back and forth banter, which brought comedic relief. You can just tell when two accomplished co-stars that make their chemistry click on the big screen.

Overall, it was greatly appreciated to see how the relationship between both Frank Wolff and Dr. Lily Houghton were portrayed throughout the movie. There were plenty of fighting scenes, which reminded me of the 'Indiana Jones' films.

Back and forth clever humor.

Frank getting punched in the face from both Dr. Lily Houghton and her brother was worth it.

Prince Joachim

In this film, I do believe that it was spread out thin in terms of characters and villains are concerned. Then there was the resilient german soldier named Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons), who is also looking for the magical flower. If found, the German would win the war.

A simple mission right there.

Then came the cursed undead soldiers from 400 years ago, who was also coming for the magical flower. Although the cursed soldiers were important in the plot, the german soldier caused more problems for Frank and the Houghtons.

In the end, this movie was by far the most adventurous and entertaining film I've ever seen in a very long time. If you have a family and looking for a fun, family movie, this is the film you would want to watch. This is the type of movie for kids who can be snapped out of boredom, like literally.


Who can't forget Frank's special cat, Proxima? Proxima was very playful and performed great stunts to fellow guests with her acting abilities (laughs). My favorite scene of Proxima is her getting drunk and throwing up on a crazy boat ride after escaping falling into the waterfall.

Movie Rating

Image Credit: @JungleCruise

Based on the adventure, storytelling, action, and overall experience, I will give this movie a 10/10. This is a type of movie you can rewatch over and over again. Regardless of whether this movie falters if you readers have kids, they will probably enjoy themselves and have a good time.

Whether you liked this movie or not, it made you part of the experience and more.

I hope that you readers enjoyed watching this movie, if you watched it.

That is all the movie review I have for you today!

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About the Creator

Michael Reynoso

The Slam Dunk Effect is a place where I write about trailer and movie reviews, along with entertainment where readers come to read.

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