In Review: Jungle Cruise (Disney’s Premiere Access)

When adventurer Lilly Houghton steals an artifact from a London Museum. She heads off to Brazil with her brother MacGregor to search for the mythical tree of life.
Jungle Cruise

Synopsis: In Jungle Cruise a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.


The Story

When adventurer Lilly Houghton steals an artifact from a London Museum. She heads off to Brazil with her brother MacGregor to search for the mythical tree of life. Upon arriving they hire River Boat Captain Frank Wolff who offers to take them to their destination for a very cheap price. No soon as they get underway. The group finds themselves being chased by nefarious German Prince Joachim.

As they traverse the river. The group finds themselves seeing enchanted Dolphins and other exotic animals. But perhaps the most dangerous thing of all is the group of living dead Conquistador’s led by Aguirre. They seemingly want the tree of life for their own reasons.


The Acting

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt work surprisingly well together as a team. Johnson’s Captain Wolff is a pretty run-of-the-mill action hero, but the jokes. All of which use puns are terrible. Blunt makes a pretty good fist of channeling her inner Lara Croft as Adventurer Lilly Houghton. The opening sequence in the museum’s curation room does much to establish Lilly’s action credentials. Jack Whitehall provides the comedic relief as Lilly’s bumbling brother MacGregor who is a rather similar character to the one that John Hannah played in The Mummy movies.

For me, the weak link in this movie is the character of Prince Joachim who is played by Jesse Plemons. I think this weakness mainly comes down to the writing than it does the actor. The character is very one-dimensional and comes across as more of a nuisance than any real threat. He is a bit of a cartoon villain if truth be told.



Jungle Cruise is very much a mixed bag. The action beats and visual effects all work great and it is the performance of Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall that just about saves the movie. Much like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This film is based on a much-loved Disney Ride. But sadly the story of the movie doesn’t quite reach the level of fun that the first Pirates movie managed. Simply because the villains felt a little flat.

So, is this movie worth spending £19.99 on with Disney’s Premiere access? My answer is no. It’s sort of the film you will see the once and find quite enjoyable if you can let yourself, but it just doesn’t really have that must re-watch factor. So my suggestion would be to go to the cinema if you really want to see it or maybe just wait a few months until it becomes part of your subscription package with Disney Plus. Or better yet. Rent Black Widow, which is a much better movie.

Jungle Cruise
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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