I'm a huge Dwayne Johnson(The Rock) fan but even I have to admit that a 92% score seems a bit inflated. That being said, the movie was a lot of fun. Anytime I see Paul Giamatti as a supporting character in a movie its usually an indicator that the movie I'm watching is going to be a quality movie. I just wish they gave that man more screen time.
You could say that Edgar Ramírez plays the original villain of the movie. His role almost feels a bit like Bill Nighy's Davy Jones(from pirates of the Caribbean dead man's chest) except he never really gets a chance to truly shine. They do give him a really good backstory but he is never set up as a proper adversary to The Rock. Jesse Plemons does a decent job of being the defacto villain but to me his role seemed more comical than menacing.
Emily Blount does a great job of busting The Rock's chops every chance she gets. Even in the promo interviews leading up to release, she is constantly sniping at him. The two seemed to have developed some good chemistry along the way. I feel like its been like that the entire time they were filming.
In all honesty, Emily feels like the main star of the movie. During my initial viewing, I was constantly trying to figure out why this movie scored so well with critics. Normally, this type of action adventure movie makes big bucks at the box office but does badly with critics. However, once you start learning the backstory of the main characters everything quickly starts to come into focus.
Also there is a really nice twist about 2/3 of the way into the movie which I wasn't expecting, it was a very nice surprise that makes perfect since but really wasn't hinted at, I didn't see coming at all and I loved it! The ending was pretty decent, it may have been a bit cheesy and predictable😅 but hey it's Disney! I thought the execution was solid.
All in all, even though it can feel a bit choppy at times, I'd have to say that Jungle Cruise delivers exactly what it promises in its movie trailers. It's a fun action adventure movie, full of corny jokes, big laughs, natural charisma and a surprising amount of depth to some of its characters. If you're looking for something fun to watch be sure to check this out on Disney plus!
What did you think of Jungle Cruise?
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The first Wonder Woman movie was way better. Its funny because I was really hyped to see this movie. But when they announced the first Wonder Woman movie back in 2017 I was highly skeptical.
Wonder Woman 1984 just doesn't have that flow to it, it feels disjointed. It felt like they spent a lot of time on Diana and too little time on Wonder Woman. A lot of the supporting actors had a lot of time to shine as well.
I'm still looking forward to the next Wonder Woman movie but they really need to get the DC universe on the right track as it just feels so unnatural for all of this stuff to happen in a vacuum.
Also for the next one I hope they develop a really interesting antagonist. Cheetah and Maxwell Lord didn't feel like worthy adversaries just tragic characters.
I feel like Gal Gadot is excellent as Wonder Woman but she just didn't have much to work with in this movie. Wonder Woman 1984 feels like a movie about Diana instead of a movie about Wonder Woman. I think most people go to see superhero movies to watch them do something amazing, to see super powers and watch them beat the bad guy. So its a problem when a lot of time is spent essentially doing nothing super.
I enjoyed seeing Chris Pine and Gal Gadot together but the time they spent together was not super enough. Its okay to have a few scenes of character development but don't give us 40 minutes plus of no wonder woman. It needs to be evened out a lot more.
What did you think of Wonder Woman 1984?
This movies has a very good premise. Plus who doesn't enjoy Ryan Reynolds? But I'm shocked. Right now it has a 85% score under the tomatometer on rotten tomatoes. I was not expecting that at all.
It will be interesting to see if the audience score is that high once everyday people are able to see it and share there scores.