Disney's Jungle Cruise released (yet another) video, this time to celebrate the end of production on the film. The movie is based on the popular 1955 theme park ride and will combine action and adventure with a fantastical tone. No doubt Disney is hoping that Jungle Cruise will have the same success of its theme park ride-turned-movie franchise The Pirates of the Caribbean (a box office smash) rather than Tomorrowland (which underperformed at the box office) or The Haunted Mansion.
However, Jungle Cruise already seems to have the potential to be to an extremely successful film. The ride is a classic and a favorite of many park-goers for its hilarious commentary by the boat's skippers. The film's cast also includes megastar Dwayne Johnson and new Disney darling Emily Blunt who will also be playing Mary Poppins for the Mouse House in this year's Mary Poppins Returns. It has been Johnson's marketing of the film through his Instagram account that has provided the best look behind the scenes. He's shared videos of the cast working out together, revealed the massive size of the Jungle Cruise set, and praised everyone from his co-stars to the film's director, Jaume Collet-Serra.
Now Disney (and Johnson) have shared a video celebrating Jungle Cruise wrapping production. The video shows Blunt talking about "the x-factor involved" in making the film, which Johnson jokingly assumes means him. But of course they are talking about the crew who helped bring the movie to life and the crew is present in the video to toss their (captain's) hats and celebrate a job well done. You can watch the video below:
"It’s very bittersweet to have something so uniquely special come to an end — but myself and my one and only virtuoso, Emily Blunt proudly say, that’s an official wrap of our epic Disney's #JungleCruise."— Jungle Cruise (@JungleCruise) September 14, 2018
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In the film, Johnson stars as the river boat captain Frank who takes scientist Lily (played by Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on a journey to find a mysterious tree in South America with the ability to heal. Along the way they run into villains played by Edgar Ramírez and Jesse Plemons. Paul Giamatti also stars as the film's "crusty harbormaster."
Movies based on theme park rides can be hit or miss, but hopefully Jungle Cruise will capture the fun spirit of the ride. For what it's worth, Johnson has seemed to have a great time working on the film and his enthusiasm is infectious. Judging by some of his videos, his corny lines would fit in perfectly with any of the Disney Park's river boat skippers. Let's hope Blunt won't just be the straight man and will have the opportunity to show off her comedic timing as well.
- Jungle Cruise (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020