Action, adventure, adrenaline and a touch of humour. With Jungle Cruise, Disney manages to bring back the adventure films that those of us who enjoyed films like Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jumanji or The Mummy so much longed for. Titles such as the aforementioned managed to bring together action and adventure, adding, in addition, some touches of humour and a historical component beyond fantasy. But Jungle Cruise goes further. Besides showing us action and adventure in abundance, it adapts to the new times, escaping from clichés and showing us authentic heroines who don’t need any man to be respected.
Jungle Cruise: synopsis and review
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, the film, set in the early 20th century, tells the story of Frank (Dwayne Johnson), captain of a colourful boat that travels through the Amazon jungle, who crosses paths with Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), a scientist obsessed with finding a mystical tree with healing powers. Together, they embark on an exciting journey full of surprises, accompanied by McGregor Houghton (Jack Whitehall), the histrionic brother of the protagonist.
Highly recommended, Jungle Cruise will delight adults and children alike, although the film is not recommended for children under 12. The film is based on a Disney theme park attraction in which a small boat takes a group of travellers through a jungle full of dangers. Action-packed from the start, the film is a visual spectacle that will have many dreaming of the adventure films of a few decades ago. Moreover, the starring duo has chemistry and it shows. As a final touch, the music by James Newton-Howard that accompanies the film reminds us of those instrumental soundtracks of classic adventure films. In short, this is a beautiful and fun film full of adventures and impossible journeys to enjoy with family or friends. Jungle Cruise leaves a good taste in the passenger’s mouth.
Brave women who fight to fulfil their dreams
It seems that women are starting to make their way into the big productions. But make no mistake, we are not dealing with poor damsels in distress who have to be rescued by the hero of the day. Jungle Cruise presents us with a heroine who fights to fulfil her dreams and who doesn’t need anyone to help her pursue her goals. Brave, fearless and intelligent, Lily (Emily Blunt) finds a way to assert herself in a man’s world and leaves behind the spirit of other adventure films where women simply accompanied the protagonist or needed to be rescued by him, thus becoming a mere prize.
Jungle Cruise: a film with a message
That man has always longed for the perfect elixir capable of curing any disease and avoiding death is nothing new. There is a long list of films and novels that have tried to bring us closer to this theme. We can find an example in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the film starring Harrison Ford in which the Holy Grail, the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, capable of granting eternal life, according to the plot of the film, to whoever drank from it, was eagerly sought.
Eternal life. Overcoming death. Extending life beyond what nature grants us. Immortality, as well as the cure for any illness, has been a theme addressed in film and literature on many occasions. The Immortals (1986), Interview with the Vampire (1994), The Secret of Adaline (2015) or the ingenious Death is so good for you (1992) are some of the examples of how cinema has dealt with this eternal concern of man. Until relatively recently, life expectancy was much shorter and perinatal mortality incredibly high. Thanks to science, we have managed to introduce improvements in nutrition, hygiene and medicine that have extended life expectancy. However, the cure for many pathologies is far from being achieved. The quest for immortality is still science fiction.
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