Can you smell what Dwayne Johnson is starring in now? Probably, because it takes place in the deep jungle, and they don’t have indoor plumbing there… so, no showers. Just a thousand mile long bath. It’s the river. Just the river. I guess you could say that Mr. Johnson stinks, but I wouldn’t.
I’ve been so excited for the live-action version of the iconic Theme Park attraction The Jungle Cruise since it was announced eons ago with Tim Allen attached to it. What ever happened to that version? Oh well, we get the Rock as our Skipper now, so it’s all good!
Before we get to my review of the movie, let’s have a look at the Funko POP! vinyl figure of Frank, the most muscular Skipper any Jungle Cruise boat ever had. I mean like seriously… ever! He’s huge.
Some POP! boxes are worth collecting in themselves, but this one… not so much. It’s basic and functional.
What do you think of Dwayne Johnson’s likeness in plastic? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK! Wrestling fans will get that.
How is it possible to have a beard but no mouth? I mean, the beard even goes around where the mouth should be. That’s just… creepy! Much like the movie at times. But more about that shortly.
Some say that all of the success has gone to Johnson’s head, making it bigger. I don’t know. Do you see it?
Kudos to Disney and Funko for creating this wonderful likeness! I love that I can add it to my growing Jungle Cruise collection. Look below for some links to other JC-related posts. But first:
ALMOST SPOILER FREE MOVIE REVIEW
Right off I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! I thought Johnson and Blunt played off each other very well and the main supporting cast did a wonderful job of rounding out the fun. However, there were more than a few obvious twists that you could see coming a mile down the river, and if you don’t believe that, you’re… in de Nile!
But there was one main plot twist that you won’t see coming, and it basically makes up for the obvious ones. Of course, the movie lays on the traditional Skipper jokes, which was worth the price of admission alone, as they say. I hated that there were obvious shots only in the movie to service the 3D cut. I loved the look and cinematography. It felt exactly like a real Jungle Cruise attraction would be!
Just a warning that the creepiness I mentioned earlier could be a tad too intense for younger viewers. The imagery was graphic at times and a bit gory. And there are some gruesome deaths.
I would give this movie a 4.2 out of 5 Stars. It would have been a solid five if not for the amount of times I was able to guess what was going to happen next.
If you’d like a bit of an exploration into the history and inspiration of the Jungle Cruise ride, check out my post referencing the African Queen. And for another, albeit much larger version of a Funko vinyl Jungle Cruise figurine, check out this one that is Departing Daily!