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Jungle Cruise is a 2021 American live action stage adventure film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra with the screenplay with Michael Green, Gleen Ficurra and John Requa, based off this attractive Disney Park has been same name. The cast of the film consists of Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. This film follows a rescue to life after this mayor and his scientist revealed that summer. If anywhere else that he is a legit named "Mr Skipper" who portrayed by Dwayne Johnson most dangerous hero to wild animals.


This film set to be released in July 30, 2021 follows to The Green Knight, StillWater, Nine Days and Enemies of the State in Theatrical release with the professional Disney+ with Premier Access. It received mixed from critics who praises Johnson's and Blunt's Performance with Collet-Serra's director and fun, like the film critics, The film believe has overuse of CGI and some of the unatrocious Disney Services.

Plot

In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors travel to South America in search of the Tears of the Moon, a mythical tree whose petals can cure any illness, heal any injury, and lift any curse. After most of the men die in the jungle, the survivors are nursed back to health by a local tribe using the tree petals. When they refuse to reveal the location of the tree, the Spanish destroy the village, and as punishment are cursed to never die and never be able to leave sight of the river.

In 1916, Dr. Lily Houghton and her brother MacGregor detail Lily’s research on the Tears of the Moon to an association of Royal Society explorers, explaining that the petals could revitalize medicine and aid in the British war effort. The Houghton’s request access to an arrowhead recovered by Dr. Albert Falls that Lily believes is key to locating the tree. When the association denies their request, believing the tree to be a myth and a female scientist unqualified to join their ranks, Lily steals the arrowhead instead. She narrowly avoids Prince Joachim, a German aristocrat who also wants the arrowhead and the tree.

In South America, Frank Wolff takes tourists on jungle river cruises, which he embellishes with fake dangers and corny jokes. When his boat engine is repossessed by businessman Nilo, he attempts to steal it back. Caught in the act by Lily, Frank pretends to be Nilo and arrogantly tells her that the Tears of the Moon is a myth and that she will not be able to handle the dangers of the jungle, but changes his tone when he notices that Lily is in possession of the arrowhead. Frank’s deception is revealed when the real Nilo shows up, but Lily hires Frank anyway after he underbids Nilo and bravely fights a wild jaguar.

Frank, Lily, and MacGregor depart on Frank’s boat, but are almost intercepted by Nilo attempting to get his engine back, mercenaries hired by Joachim to retrieve the arrowhead from Lily, and Joachim himself attacking in a German submarine. After they make their escape, it is revealed that the attacking jaguar was actually Frank’s pet Proxima, and Lily wonders if Frank can be trusted.

Joachim locates the cursed conquistadors, whose bodies have turned to stone due to them traveling too far from the river, and have been infested over time by tree roots, snakes, and insects. Joachim frees them by diverting the river, and offers to help them break the curse if they help him to retrieve the arrowhead.

As Frank, Lily and MacGregor continue down the river, they become closer. MacGregor reveals to Frank that he was nearly disowned by his family due to his homosexuality, but Lily stood by him. Breaking into Frank’s cabin, Lily finds photos and drawings of new inventions such as the automobile, but also discovers drawings of the arrowhead and research on the Tears of the Moon. Lily accuses Frank of wanting the tree for himself, but he explains he gave up searching for it a long time ago and believed it couldn’t be found. They are attacked by a tribe of “cannibals” who demand the arrowhead, but this is revealed to be another deception by Frank working with a friendly tribe. Frank apologizes and says he was unable to call off the plan, but Lily rebuffs him. Trader Sam, the tribe’s female leader, translates the writing on the arrowhead, revealing the location of the tree, and that it only blooms under a blood moon. The conquistadors attack and manage to take the arrowhead; Frank recovers it and gives it to Lily, but is stabbed through the chest with a sword and falls to his death. Lily runs away from the river so that the Spaniards cannot follow her.

The next morning, Lily discovers that Frank has miraculously survived. He reveals that his real name is Francisco, and he is actually one of the cursed conquistadors, unable to die or leave the river. The expedition to find the tree was originally a noble one to save the leader’s sick daughter, but when the natives were attacked by the Spaniards, Frank switched sides to help the villagers. After years of fighting, Frank trapped the others in a cave away from the river. He then spent time searching for the tree to lift his own curse, but had been unable to find it without the arrowhead.

An injured MacGregor stays behind with Trader Sam while Lily and Frank make the final journey to the tree. MacGregor is captured by Joachim and forced to reveal the location of the tree. Frank, Lily, the Germans, and the Spaniards all converge on the tree, which begins to bloom under the blood moon. The moon passes quickly as they fight, and Lily is only able to recover one petal. MacGregor kills Joachim, and Frank crashes his boat to block the river, turning himself and the other Spaniards into stone. Lily uses the petal to revive Frank and break the curse, only afterwords discovering that due to a shift in the moonlight, there is one petal left for Lily’s research.

Returning to the United Kingdom, the society has offered full membership to Lily, which she rejects. She shows Frank London and gives him his first driving lesson in her automobile as well as delivering a corny joke herself.

Cast

  • Dwayne Johnson as Skipper
  • Emily Blunt as Lily Houghton
  • Jack Whitehall as Lily's Brother
  • Édgar Ramírez as Aquirre
  • Jesse Plemons as Joachim
  • Paul Giamatti as Mr Nilo
  • Veronica Falcón as Trader Sam
  • Dani Rovira as Sancho
  • Quim Gutiérrez as Melchor
  • Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Coddington

Additionally, a jaguar named Proxima appears in the film, portrayed on set by stunt actor Ben Jenkin. A reverse gender version of the character from the ride, Trader Sam, is portrayed by Veronica Falcón, who is the chief of the Puka Michuna tribe, Frank's allies. Aguirre's men Sancho, covered in honey and bees; Melchor, composed of tree branches; and Gonzalo, made out of mud with frogs; are respectively portrayed by Dani Rovira, Quim Gutiérrez and Dan Dargan Carter. The character of Sir James Hobbs-Coddington, the society's artifact handler who briefly helps Prince Joachim, is played by Andy Nyman; while Zaqueu, Frank's young assistant, is played by Raphael Alejandro.

Production

Early versions

In September 2004, it was announced that Jungle Cruise would be developed for Mandeville Films, with a script by Josh Goldstein & John Norville. The film was loosely inspired by the theme park attraction of the same name. The film was announced to take place within the twentieth century. In February 2011, it was announced that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who had previously worked together in the Toy Story franchise, would star in the long-gestating film, with a script to be written by Roger S. H. Schulman.

Pre-production

In August 2015, it was announced that Walt Disney Pictures was redeveloping its film adaptation based on Jungle Cruise, to star Dwayne Johnson. The previous script originally written by John Norville and Josh Goldstein, would be rewritten by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and the film produced by John Davis and John Fox, with the intention to harken back to its period roots. In April 2017, Johnson expressed his interest in having Patty Jenkins helm the project, but in July 2017, Jaume Collet-Serra was announced as the director of the film.

In January 2018, Emily Blunt was announced as a leading cast member. The same month, Michael Green was reported to have rewritten the script, previously worked on by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. In March 2018, Jack Whitehall was cast as the brother of Blunt's character. In April 2018, Édgar Ramírez and Jesse Plemons were added to the cast as villains with the former being "a man with a conquistador background". In May 2018, Paul Giamatti was cast to portray a “crusty harbormaster.” In June 2018, Quim Gutiérrez joined the cast to portray one of the villains.

In December 2018, it was reported that Whitehall's character would be gay and would have a coming out scene in the film with Johnson. This would be the second incidence of a gay character in a live-action Disney film, the first being Le Fou, portrayed by Josh Gad, in the 2017 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. There was some backlash over the report, with some online expressing anger over a straight man being cast as a "camp" gay character.

Filming

Principal photography began on May 14, 2018, in Hawaii and Atlanta. Filming wrapped after several months on September 14.

Post-production

Joel Negron serves as editor on the film, with DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic, Rodeo FX, Rising Sun Pictures and Weta Digital providing the visual effects.

Release

This film released in July 30, 2021 in theatrical release and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Set to be 30 Days after its theatrical release. About this film delayed by Coronavirus pandemic which it's a secretly originally release in June 24, 2020.

In May 2021, Disney announced that the film would be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. The filmmakers decided on this, after being given multiple options by Disney, due to the continued closure of theaters in markets like Brazil and Europe due to surges in COVID-19 cases.

Marketing

This film has been trailer begins a revealed in the first look on 2019. The first trailer will be October 11, 2019. But this film has been officially trailer 2 will be March 10, 2020. Otherwise that official trailer announced this movie will be May 27, 2021 before this film is gonna watch and gives Critical reviews

Home Media

This film originally streaming in July 30, 2021 on Disney+ with premier access after its theatrical release. This film released in digital will be Fall 2021. Available on DVD, BluRay and 4K Ultra HD will be Late 2021 by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Music

On January 23, 2019, it was announced that James Newton Howard was hired to create the musical score of the film. On August 4, 2020, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band and Howard worked on an instrumental version of the song "Nothing Else Matters" for the film. According to Ulrich, the band joined the film after Walt Disney Pictures president and Metallica fan Sean Bailey, who has "always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some [Disney] project", felt that Jungle Cruise was "the right fit" for the band and Disney to collaborate.

Reception

Box office

In the United States and Canada, Jungle Cruise was released alongside Stillwater and The Green Knight, and is projected to gross around $25 million from 4,200 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $2.7 million from Thursday night previews.

Critical response

Jungle Cruise received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 62% based on 234 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Its craft isn't quite as sturdy as some of the classic adventures it's indebted to, but Jungle Cruise remains a fun, family-friendly voyage." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported 80% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 60% saying they would definitely recommend it.

Writing for Variety, Owen Gleiberman praised Johnson and Blunt's chemistry and said that "Jungle Cruise is a movie that implicitly asks: What’s wrong with a little good old-fashioned escapism? The answer is: Absolutely nothing, and Jungle Cruise is old-fashioned, expect that it pelts the audience with entertainment in such a lively yet bumptious way that at times you may wish you were wearing protective gear."

Korey Coleman and Martin Thomas of Double Toasted both gave it a relatively positive review; even going so far as to predict that other critics would negatively critique it simply because of its premise. However, they were both split on the portrayal of Jack Whitehall's character. While Thomas found Whitehall inviting and a positive step forward for LGBTQ characters, Coleman found him somewhat campy and unnecessary.

Rolling Stone reviewer David Fear gave the film 2.5/5 stars and describing it as an "attempt to sell the Magic Kingdom's vintage, colonialism-a-go-go boat ride as the next big endless-summer-movie thing" and added "everything settles into a well-worn, familiar Jungle Adventure 101 groove. It turns out that Blunt's tart apple crisp of a comic performance pairs nicely with Johnson's beefcake served with a side of ham." Writing in the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis was negative about the film, saying that the plot is "mostly unintelligible and wants to beat you into submission", adding that the film "exhibits a blatantly faux exoticism that feels as flat as the forced frisson between its two leads", and concluding that the movie is a "soggy mess".

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