What is this idea anyway? “Expedition to the Jungle” – film review

Sitting in the cinema and watching the trailers before the screening, you get the impression that original ideas are slowly dying out. All of these are prequels, sequels, book or comic book adaptations, possibly remakes of older productions. And then Disney appears with the announcement of a story based on .. the theme of Disneyland attractions. The idea itself is very unconventional, but does its implementation work well on the screen?
Indiana Jones in a skirt

Lily Houghton, a scientist who is very attached to her hat, wants to find the legendary Tree of Life, whose flowers can cure any disease. And while obstacles stand in the way of revolutionizing medicine, she doesn’t give up. Together with his brother, always dressed for the occasion, he travels to the Amazon, where he begins working with the mysterious Captain Frank and realizes that he is not the only person on the trail of this plant, and that Prince Joachim, who is following them, will go to great lengths to obtain treasure.

Still from Expedition to the Jungle, 2021, dir. Jaume Collet-Serra

A real ride

Jungle Expedition this is one of those movies that weren’t allowed to go well. Even with a good cast, creating a story based on an amusement park attraction is sheer madness. First, something that works in real life, when you can experience the excitement because you are on a moving boat, the screen will most likely lose its emotional effect. Second: is it possible to base the entire plot and create credible heroes with only such a vague topic?

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but you can.

The creators managed not only to arouse emotions in the viewer, Jungle Expedition it’s a real movie ride. It grabs you at the very beginning and does not lose momentum until the very end.

Still from Expedition to the Jungle, 2021, dir. Jaume Collet-Serra

Energetic vibe

What’s the secret Jungle Expeditions? Why did something that was not allowed to work not only deceived its destiny, but deserved the title of fantastic entertainment? Here you can definitely mention some nice special effects, catchy music and an adventure story like in the best movies of the nineties, but the secret should be found elsewhere. Yes, the characters are well written and the dialogue is fun, but it’s Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson that give them that elusive je ne sais quoithat makes Lily Houghton and Frank Wolff steal hearts. You can see right away that the actors – and probably the creators too – have a great time and really put their hearts into their work. In addition, the chemistry between the main pair is undeniable, and the side characters are not only the background, but the perfect complement to the puzzle.


As befits the twenty-first century, Jungle Expedition can be viewed in 3D format. I do not know how it is perceived in 2D, but the three-dimensional film looks very good. The times when you had a headache after leaving the cinema are a thing of the past, now the effects are just amazing. The problem appears with CGI, because what is in the foreground is convincing, the background is sometimes less perfect. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that one of the heroes is an animated jaguar – Proxima – and although we can immediately see that he is not a real cat, it does not interfere with the reception at all.

Still from Expedition to the Jungle, 2021, dir. Jaume Collet-Serra

Disney cons

Disney has its ups and downs. Recently, he seemed to be unable to make original movies and series. Most of their recent productions are either turning animated films into live action films or “news” from the Marvel universe. Jungle Expedition the more it stands out. As it happens, however, it is not perfect. Sometimes we get the impression that all of this, in some portions, has already been there somewhere. Some scenes are too exaggerated. In addition, it can be seen that the creators could not decide whether the production is aimed at younger viewers or adults: the adventure itself seems to be for children, but the violence and some dialogues shown have a much more mature target.

Tickets, please

If you go to the movies in search of entertainment, this is Jungle Expedition is for you. It’s a light, charming movie, full of positive energy and characters that almost break out of the screen, are so well written and played. Obviously, he is a bit lacking in perfection, but it’s really hard to see the flaws when you are having a great time. I associate the production with Mummy with Brandon Fraser and even a little z Indiana Jonesbecause it’s just an unpretentious adventure game that you can have a lot of fun from. It looks great in 3D and makes you feel like you are on a ride.

Original title: Jungle Cruise

Direction: Jaume Collet-Serra

Release year: 2021

Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes

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