Disney's theme parks are vacation destination for countless families, who memorize every detail of the parks, and methodically plan out their trips to each attraction. Given that iconography and nostalgic goodness, the House of Mouse has adapted a few of its biggest rides into live-action movies. The Pirates of The Caribbean movie became a massive franchise, Disney's latest ride-centric movie is Jaume Collet-Serra's Jungle Cruise. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, fans have been eagerly awaiting any footage of information from the movie. The time has finally come as the first Jungle Cruise trailer has arrived.
Jungle Cruise is a big budget blockbuster for Disney, coming off the heels of Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil's release this month. The first trailer teased a fun and action-packed moviegoing experience. And for those hardcore theme park fans, the first footage even included an iconic line from the Jungle Cruise attraction. Check it out below.
Is it July yet? It's going to be a long wait before Jungle Cruise finally arrives in theaters. And considering how exciting the above trailer is, smart money says fans are going have a hard time patiently awaiting the movie's upcoming release.
The first Jungle Cruise trailer opens on Emily Blunt's Lily Houghton, who is a scientist working on some potentially volatile experiments in the 20th century. As the character narrates, her mission become clear: find the magical Tree of Life, and its possible healing abilities. But there will be plenty of obstacles, starting with a group of gentleman (including Jesse Plemons). The opening sequence sees Lily fight her way through a group of guys, getting by with ingenuity and plenty of luck. If this is any indication of how thrilling and quirky the action sequences in Jungle Cruise will be, it looks like we're in for a treat.
After Lily is introduced, the focus of the trailer pivots to its other star: Dwayne Johnson's Frank. Frank is a riverboat captain, who leads tourists on the titular Jungle Cruise, similar to the beloved ride from Disney's theme parks. Its revealed that he's got the ride rigged for entertainment purposes, including the marauders who terrify his clients. It's during this sequence that Frank introduces the "backside of water", which is one of the most iconic jokes from the real-life attraction. In fact, the ride is so popular it's been made into a children's book, which you can find here.
Eventually these two characters meet, as Lily needs Frank's help to navigate through the jungle so she can find the Tree of Life. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson appear to have great chemistry throughout this trailer, as do the two characters they're portraying. They come from very different backgrounds, which should open up plenty of comedic opportunities. But Frank and Lily will have to lean on each other to make it out alive, facing threats from both the jungle and human villains.
Jungle Cruise looks like it'll have plenty of action sequences, balancing out the comedic moments that will hopefully buoy the project and keep the movie's pacing. One particular moment that got me chuckling happened when the two heroes were engaging thugs in hand to hand combat. While Lily holds her own alongside Frank's hulking presence, she accidentally punches him in the face during the heat of the moment. No harm was done, with Dwayne Johnson's character even complimenting her form.
An awesome poster accompanied the first trailer for Jungle Cruise. Check it out below.
There's a killer cast attached to Jungle Cruise, aside from Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johson. Jaume Collet-Serra assembled some serious talent, including Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti. Now we'll just have to wait and see how they all factor into the story.
Jungle Cruise will hit theaters on July 24, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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