Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise First Reactions Are A Big Surprise

Here's what early viewers have to say about Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise movie for Disney.

By Faith McKay | Updated

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Dwayne Johnson has taken on a lot of projects that have seemed daring. Jumanji is a perfect example. Who would have thought that a follow-up to the Robin Williams classic, that fans didn’t want anyone to touch, would become a box office success to the heights of $962 million? Big surprise for Hollywood. This time around, he’s taking on a classic Disney ride and turning it into a film, the same way Johnny Depp did with Pirates of the Caribbean. But can The Rock and Emily Blunt really pull off that kind of success again? The pandemic affecting the box office notwithstanding, can they tell a story that fans will truly love?

The Dwayne Johnson movie releases on July 30th and critics have finally gotten their early viewings. Here’s what they’re saying.

The comparison to Pirates of the Caribbean will be inevitable for this Disney movie. Will fans love it as much? Will Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt be signed on for many more films and turn this one into a franchise? It’s what every Disney executive is wondering.

Comparing the new action Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt project to classic action-adventure movies is definitely promising. A brand new story with Indiana Jones vibes sounds like something audiences can get behind.

The Jungle Cruise theme park ride has been a classic attraction for Disney Parks. Recently, Disneyland and Disney World parks have decided to make an update to the rides, in order to erase problematic depictions of different groups of people. It’s easy to believe the parks are finally making this change because they’re anticipating that the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt movie will mean the ride will be receiving more visitors and attention in the near future.

The chemistry between the cast is something many have already witnessed in their interviews. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson have been playing off each other wonderfully with some gentle teasing and a lot of compliments for each other. Jungle Cruise has been a long time in the making, after delays for the release due to the pandemic. It will be interesting to see how the release of the new blockbuster goes for them.

Jungle Cruise is particularly unique since the Dwayne Johnson film is one of the delayed Disney movies now being released on streaming for Disney+ subscribers. On July 30, 2021, audiences will be able to watch the new release in movie theaters or by paying $30 for Disney Premier Access.

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The new story has Emily Blunt playing Dr. Lily Houghton. She is looking for the Tree of Life and decides to hire a skipper named Frank Wolff, played by Dwayne Johnson. The skipper is going to accompany her on an adventure down the Amazon river, in a boat that’s seen better days. The movie had a $200 million budget, so you can expect some stunning visual effects and a big blockbuster feel for Jungle Cruise.

This will already be Emily Blunt’s second release during 2021, having just seen Quiet Place II release to box office success, one of the first movies to do so during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson has a number of movies coming out in the near future, including a thriller called Red Notice for Netflix in November and Black Adam for DC, which just finished filming and will release in July, 2022.