Jungle Cruise (2021)
Title: Jungle Cruise
Genre: Action | Adventure| Comedy |
Runtime: 127 min
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Jesse Plemmons
BLEAK CHARACTERS, WEAK PERFORMANCES AND CHEAP STORYTELLING
Emily Blunt are the only one bringing the A-game, with Lily. Dwayne Johnson delivers heartless, lifeless lines with his character Frank, providing a distinct annoyance. Then there’s Jesse Plemmons, who plays some german villain (Prince Joachim) after the same treasure as Lily, who is abysmal. He feels uncomfortable and delivers his german line with distaste with his fake German accent. Then there’s a whole ensemble of jungle Zombies that the german villain is after, as they have been relived again after the Prince woke everyone up from their 400 years sleep. And when this is discovered, it’s like it doesn’t change. Not even when it’s revealed that Frank is also immortal and 400 years old, filling good fifteen minutes with the exploitation of background story due to lazy screenwriting, from Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
However, the directing is decent. Not good but it keeps it alive for the moment. Emily gives a worthy performance and there’s instrumental Metallica music including both the beginning and the reveal of the treasure; Tree of Life. Director Jaume Collet-Serra doesn’t have the best track record coming to a well-written character, as he bases his work on the visual and doesn’t give a shit about the storytelling, the emotional journey or the character development. And it showcases clearly as well in this movie that a lot of the budget is spent on the visual; especially of the CGI effect that doesn’t always convince one as they look decent with a cheap story, despite grand ambitious directing.