Jungle Cruise (2021)

We’re headed into headhunter territory, which is a terrible place to beheaded.

I watched the 2021 Disney’s Jungle Cruise on Netflix DVD. This fantasy adventure film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop, The Commuter) and is based on Walt Disney’s eponymous theme park attraction. It tells the story of the captain of a small riverboat who takes a scientist and her brother through a jungle in search of the Tree of Life while competing against a German expedition and cursed conquistadors. The filming took place in Hawaii and Georgia, from May through September of 2018.

You get some jungle cruise ride, some Indiana Jones, a little Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jumanji all wrapped up in this unique story filled with curses, monsters, and hidden treasures.

Frank’s puns are derived from the skipper’s lines on the original theme park ride. The film has several elements referencing Dr. Albert Falls, a fictional character at Disneyland who has discovered Schweitzer Falls and has founded the Jungle Navigation Company[1].

This movie is very punny!
  • The rocks you see here are in the river are sandstone. But some people just take them for granite. It’s one of my boulder attractions.
  • If you look to the left of the boat, you’ll see some very playful toucans. They’re playing their favorite game of beak-wrestling. The only drawback is, only two can play.
  • You know, before this, I used to work in an orange juice factory, but I got canned. Couldn’t concentrate. Yeah, they put the squeeze on me, too.
  • You know, they say the boa constrictor right there is capable of eating up to 500 pounds per sitting. Personally, I find that very hard to swallow.
  • Dwayne Johnson as Frank Wolff / Francisco Lopez de Heredia – (born May 2, 1972) The Rock, The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, Reno 911!: Miami, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Tooth Fairy, Fast Five, Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Fast & Furious 6, Hercules, Furious 7, San Andreas, Central Intelligence, The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage, Skyscraper, Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Hannah Montana, The Titan Games
  • Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton – (born February 23, 1983) Charlie Wilson’s War, The Wolfman, The Adjustment Bureau, Looper, Sicario, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Girl on the Train, Jungle Cruise
  • Édgar Ramírez as Aguirre – (born 25 March 1977) The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Carlos, Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty, Point Break, The Girl on the Train, Jungle Cruise
  • Jack Whitehall as MacGregor Houghton – (born 7 July 1988) is an English comedian, actor, presenter, and writer, Jungle Cruise
  • Jesse Plemons as Prince Joachim – (born April 2, 1988) Varsity Blues, All the Pretty Horses, Battleship, Bridge of Spies, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Friday Night Lights, Cold Case, Breaking Bad, Fargo, Black Mirror
  • Paul Giamatti as Nilo Nemolato -(born June 6, 1967) I Madman, Sabrina, Donnie Brasco, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Deconstructing Harry, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, Dr. Dolittle, The Negotiator, Man on the Moon, Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fat Liar, The Illusionist, Lady in the Water, The Hangover Part II, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jungle Cruise
  • Verónica Falcón plays Trader Sam – (born August 8, 1966) a Mexican actress and choreographer, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Perry Mason (2020), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Ozark
  • Dan Dargan Carter plays Gonzalo – (born unknown) actor in Jungle Cruise, Stunts in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Halloween Kills, Jungle Cruise, TV stunts in Gotham, House of Cards, The Defenders, The Punisher, Luke Cage, The Blacklist, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Blindspot, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Dani Rovira plays Sancho – (born 1 November 1980) a Spanish comedian and actor, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Jungle Cruise
  • Quim Gutiérrez plays Melchor – (born 27 March 1981) a Spanish actor, Jungle Cruise
  • Andy Nyman plays Sir James Hobbs-Coddington – (born 13 April 1966) Black Death, Kick-Ass 2, Despicable Me 3, Ghost Stories, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Hanna, Unforgotten
  • Raphael Alejandro plays Zaqueu – (Born August 22, 2007) Kindergarten Cop 2, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Once Upon a Time, Bunk’d, Acapulco
  • Pedro Lopez plays the chief of the Puka Michuna tribe in 1556 – Halloween, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of The Mentalist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Mayans M.C., Ozark
  • Sulem Calderon the chief’s daughter – (Born August 22, 1990) Nona, One of the Good Ones, Jungle Cruise, TV episodes of Mayans M.C.
  • Ben Jenkin was on set for the motion capture of Proxima (Frank’s Jaguar) – (Born 04/24/1991) Stunt/Actor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Dark Tower, Fast and Furious 8, The Jungle Book, Mall Cop: Blart 2, Power Rangers, Godzilla 2, Escape Plan 3, Gemini Man, Jungle Cruise, TV stunts in Scream Queens, Agents of Shield, Teen Wolf, Grim, American Horror Story

Jungle Cruise was produced by John Davis, John Fox, Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Dwayne Johnson. I thought the movie was a good story, interesting, and funny. I will give this adventure a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  1. The Jungle Navigation Company is a fictional company from the Jungle Cruise attractions at Disney theme parks worldwide.

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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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