What would be perhaps the most unusual combination of cinemas, presents itself here to us as this unexpected surprise which captivates us instantly. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson usually end up on opposite spectra of cinema, but in Jungle Cruise: The Curse in the Wilds of the Jungle, the subtlety and delicacy of one merges with the heroic archetype of the other, spawning what is perhaps one of the nicest movies of the year. And under all these premises of “well-being”, the new adventure of Disney presents itself as a new family classic that will fascinate fans of Indiana Jones, the mummy and All for an Emerald.
Jaume Collet-Serra has transcended the horror genre into a completely different format. Here, the director of A Casa de Cera offers us a fun and almost bucolic journey, so fascinating it is. Our dear Amazon rainforest takes on a magical air, with its vegetation and waters bringing more delicate and sensitive features, which create that romantic, idealistic and boastful look. And to our surprise, Jungle Cruise takes place in the Tupinikim lands. Inadvertently and without warning, the feature film Casa do Mickey begins its real adventure in Porto Velho, Rondônia, much to the fear of the Brazilian public. Bringing in a city that was still precarious in its development, the film pays a gentle tribute to our Brazil and takes audiences on an electrifying ride through the waters of the Amazon River, which is very similar to the Jungle Cruise attraction itself, present at Disney parks and that served as inspiration for the story.
And here, the Amazon rainforest presents itself as this mysterious and rich jungle, which conceals many unimaginable legends, tales and myths which are the face of our country (including that of Boto Cor-de-Rosa!). And while children’s imaginations touch creatively, Jungle Cruise: The Curse in the Confines of the Jungle invites older audiences on a nostalgic journey with an afternoon session air, alluding to classic adventurers. most loved by millennials, bowing to the original attraction that brought the film to life. And in that mix, the action scenes make the cinematic experience even more captivating, amid visual effects that – in general – are very well executed (except for a few moments).
With several twists and turns, Jungle Cruise is wrong by extending its story a little too much. With the ability to lighten the plot, Collet-Serra struggles to reduce certain moments in the film, almost dragging production out. But abusing – and rightly so – the wonderful Johnson-Blunt dynamic on screen, he manages to dodge the “tiring” factor and hold his extra 15 minutes with lightness and dexterity. And the duo are further reinforced by Jack Whitehall, who shines in a cartoonish character that extracts a different vibe for the released. And in that same perspective, the director transforms his own protagonist, The Rock, into a kind of comedic relief, who deliberately flirts with the uncle’s jokes, adding even greater charm to the actor.
With period costumes that are a treat in themselves, Disney’s new comedy is a delightful adventure that warms even the most nostalgic hearts while delighting new generations. Bringing valuable lessons, the film does not shy away from the opportunity to talk about respect for gender diversity, the importance of family, preservation of the environment and camaraderie. With the promise of becoming the next adventurer franchise on the big screen, Jungle Cruise arrives to fill a void left by iconic films like Pirates of the Caribbean and if it truly finds its audiences’ enthusiasm, it should and will follow for a long time. and endless journey of inspiring stories where, this time, who takes us by the hand is a delicate and determined woman.
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