Jungle Cruise Movie Review: The Ride-to-Movie Magic Continues

The Jungle Cruise ride wouldn’t be as much of a fan favorite if it weren’t for Skipper’s who make you laugh with jokes and puns about the boat rides sights and sounds. The charm of the ride is captured perfectly in Disney’s latest addition to the Ride-to-Movie magic.

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall are a treat together on screen. Their chemistry makes for crazy family road trip banter, especially the dad jokes that leave you begging for it to stop. In the first 15 minutes of the film, audiences are transported to Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. for an eventful river cruise hosted by Frank Wolfe (Dwayne Johnson). It’s as if you’ve stepped directly on the ride with the other passengers for all the eye-rolling fun.

Set in 1916, when women were expected to wear dresses and let the men go on adventures, Lily (Emily Blunt) eliminates every obstacle thrown at her. Disney continues to break down barriers in family films with openly gay characters like Lily’s brother MacGregor, played by the hilarious Jack Whitehall. While it’s a slow step, the progress into more representation in films viewed by families is essential and significant.

Related: Seeing Where it All Began at the Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Disney has been creating films based on its rides since 1997, but Jungle Cruise takes a Pirates of the Caribbean approach to storytelling by diving deeper into the legends and adventure seen during the ride and building a riveting world. The story also leaves room for future adventures. The Pirates franchise is the only one that has been successful out of the list below. Perhaps Jungle Cruise is the first of many new adventure films for these explorers.

Disney Movies Based on Rides, Shows, and Lands:

  • Tower of Terror (1997)
  • Mission to Mars (2000)
  • The Country Bears (2002)
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Tomorrowland (2015)

There are aspects of Jungle Cruise that have been seen in Pirates especially some of the cursed explorers, but the adventure of both of these rides was bound to make them similar. If there is one thing Jungle Cruise gets right, it’s the ability to give you a nostalgic feeling that you’re riding and experiencing the river cruise just like in the parks and then taking you for a wild ride downstream.

The jokes and puns seep into every scene to remind viewers of where the fun began. Disney Parks fans will love seeing more than the Jungle Cruise ride aspects sprinkled into the movie, including a special visit from the Enchanted Tiki Room bird, Rosita. The new Trader Sam will also have fans raving.

Why is Jungle Cruise is rated PG-13?

Great question! There are a few adventure violence scenes that include killing. There isn’t any blood or gore in them though. There are also a few times that they almost curse in English and a German curse for “shit” (scheisse). 

Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” releases in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30, 2021.


Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” a 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.

Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooperhttps://jamonkey.com
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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