Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie is officially in theaters! The film is also available for Disney+ members for an additional one-time fee for Premiere Access. My boys and I had the opportunity to screen Jungle Cruise prior to it opening in theaters – read our no spoiler review below!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise Movie
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.
Set in 1916, the film begins with Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) taking daring measures to steal an ancient arrowhead. She kicks some serious butt and sets the adventure in motion for the rest of the film!
Along with her snooty brother – who brings some humorous moments to the film – the two set off on the discovery of the ancient legend “tears of the moon petals” that can heal all.
When she arrives in the Amazon jungle she meets riverboat captain Frank “Skipper” Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) and hires him to bring them to their destination. Frank tells the cheesiest of jokes which get on Lily’s last nerves and the two have a really fun banter between them throughout the film.
As the skipper points out, the river is not their friend and there will be danger along the way. After all, no one has ever found the mythical tree that the good Dr. is after. In addition to the natural dangers of the Amazon, there’s a German prince after the very same thing and he will do whatever it takes to beat Lily and her skipper from getting the treasured moon petals first.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie brings loads of adventure, laughs, twists and turns. Enjoy the ride!
I recommend the film for families with children ages 10 and up. There will be some scary moments, especially with the villainous prince and the creepy Spanish conquistadors who are cursed. There are lots of snakes, sword fighting and some death.
Check out this fun Jungle Cruise movie featurette below: