Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, made its world premiere at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, last night. Critics and junket reporters who got an early look at the film are calling it a family-friendly action adventure that pays its respect to the ride through its use of those classic corny jokes, nods to the ride itself, and Blunt and Johnson’s chemistry.
#JungleCruise is a cheesy family-friendly adventure that embraces the fun of the ride – corny jokes and all – and expands on its mythology. It’s hindered by its editing choices and lengthy run time. But Blunt and Johnson use their infectious chemistry to make it work. pic.twitter.com/tb5shvZXSz
— Michael Lee (@IamMichaelJLee) July 25, 2021
Anchored by @TheRock and Emily Blunt’s undeniable and swoon-worthy chemistry, #JungleCruise is a joy ride from start to finish, living up to its iconic namesake with an old-fashioned feel but plenty of unexpected twists and turns.
Johnson/Blunt need to make more movies together! pic.twitter.com/BnJRK0RT0T
— Max Gao • 高俊鹏 (@MaxJGao) July 25, 2021
#JungleCruise swings for the fences with a grand and over-the-top film that knows exactly what it is. Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s horror roots shines through with some impressive creature designs – horror fans will be delighted with the darker portions of this film. pic.twitter.com/tDz9nZwQiK
— Shannon 🎃🍭 @ Screaming into the Void (@shannon_mcgrew) July 25, 2021
I found #JungleCruise to be a fun throwback to the pre-2010s blockbusters. Felt similar vibes to Curse of the Black Pearl, and it excited the Disneyland fan in me with the clever nods to the ride. More adventures, please @TheRock! pic.twitter.com/ncDhPhsKYd
— noah (@Noah_Villaverde) July 25, 2021
To be Blunt, #JungleCruise is a Rockin’ good time! The leads have great chemistry together, and I haven’t had this much fun in a theme park film since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. pic.twitter.com/LNqZU0tNV3
— John Nguyen (@JohnSpartan300) July 25, 2021
Much like its namesake #JungleCruise is a fun ride from start to finish. @TheRock and #EmilyBlunt have remarkable chemistry. Fans of the attraction will find lots of great easter eggs, and so many bad puns. Also, it needs more bad puns. Hats off to this one. pic.twitter.com/eQ5rN6cqBD
— Stephen “Dirk” Libbey (@childe_dirk) July 25, 2021
#JungleCruise takes a sharp turn away from the iconic-but-slow ride at Disneyland. It veers sharply into the land of adventure, and despite some questionable choices, ultimately holds up due to the incredible charisma of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The puns can stay! pic.twitter.com/ViGtqv2zND
— therese lacson 宋蕾蕾 (@bamfpire) July 25, 2021
@JungleCruise was a lot of fun! A nice mix between an Indy and Pirates movie. The chemistry between @TheRock and Emily Blunt is great. If able I recommend seeing this on a big screen. Nice way to escape the heat and jump on this jungle adventure! #JungleCruise @DisneyStudios pic.twitter.com/jHrol34W1F
— Emmanuel Gomez (@LRM_Emmanuel) July 25, 2021
#JungleCruise is everything that a lover of the theme park ride could hope for! Love the nods to the ride. #EmilyBlunt and #DwayneJohnson are a delightful duo. The villains are entertaining. The action is exciting. So much fun, all around!@JungleCruise @TheRock pic.twitter.com/DJvCj6hGhE
— Christina Radish (@ChristinaRadish) July 25, 2021
#JungleCruise borrows a lot from #PiratesOfTheCaribbean & #TheMummy (1999), but is ultimately a pretty fun ride for the whole family with some really great performances from #EmilyBlunt & @TheRock – loved their chemistry.
Proxima steals the show though, she’s the best! pic.twitter.com/zOO0PtJGBU
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) July 25, 2021
Jungle Cruise is a big, fun & entertaining summer adventure for the entire family. Dwayne Johnson charms & delights as the script truly plays to his strengths. I loved the nods to the theme park ride & the banter between Johnson/Blunt. They make a great comedic duo. #JungleCruise pic.twitter.com/QjudbnmsuQ
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) July 25, 2021
Jungle Cruise is a giant dud. Shamelessly derivative as it carves out huge pieces of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Disney’s own Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Wonky CGI and way too much of it but Jesse Plemons is a riot and pure comedy gold. #JungleCruise
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) July 25, 2021
Based on these early “Jungle Cruise” reactions, Disney’s latest attempt to adapt one of most popular and iconic rides at Disneyland is a hit. We will just have to wait and see if it is a big enough hit to be followed up with a number of sequels just like “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Until then, “Jungle Cruise” opens in theaters on July 30, 2021.