Disney seems to release roughly 500 hundred movies in a given year. Our numbers may be off a bit, but it feels like Every time you turn around, they have a new film coming out (oh hai, Mulan). It’s understandable then that any trailer they release not only has to capture people’s attention & provide something new they haven’t seen before. Which is exactly the banner today’s new Jungle Cruise falls under. While the first one has some (very) slight charm, this one brings the weirdness. Oodles and oodles of weirdness.
As per the usual mid-article interruption, here’s the official synopsis, for your reading pleasure:
“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. She’s 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.”
I’ll readily admit that at first Jungle Cruise appeared “meh”. As charming as Dwayne Johnson is, not every film he’s in is a winner. Same for Emily Blunt. What brings this together is Jaume Collet-Serra. The touch that brought about Orphan and The Shallows is on full display here, in what looks to be the monster love child of The African Queen + Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy + the 1st Pirates of the Caribbean. Toss in Jesse Plemmons and a submarine and we’d like to buy a handful of tickets, please.
What do you think? Does this Jungle Cruise trailer tickle your adventure fancy? Will you see anything The Rock appears in? Is Edgar Ramirez going to be ok with that snake in his face? When is that Edge of Tomorrow sequel finally getting made? Answer these questions and more down in the comments. Grab your tiny captain’s hat and get ready to go on weird adventure. Jungle Cruise sets sail into theaters on July 24, 2020. As you wonder what to do until then, why not study this detailed new poster.