Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise

2021, PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Veronica Falcón.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., July 30, 2021

It’s easy to feel cynical about Disney, which has hoovered up Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar rights in the past decade alone, and the stranglehold it has on the movies and television put in front of our eyeballs. And it’s easier yet to roll those eyeballs at a movie that derives its name and raison d’etre from a theme park ride – I certainly did. But it was Walt Disney I kept thinking of while watching Jungle Cruise, and how comfortably this family(ish) film might fit in the studio’s vault of lightly corny, live-action adventure yarns of yore.

That “ish” is a nod to the not-negligible amount of violence that accompanies a boilerplate story about a botanist (Blunt, sparky as ever) and her puny brother (Whitehall) who hire a wisecracking steamboat captain (Johnson) to traverse the Amazon River in 1916 in search of a mythic tree with supposed healing capacities. Director Jaume Collet-Serra, an old hand at horror (Orphan, House of Wax), earns the film’s PG-13 rating with regular, jolting scares and macabre imagery, including risen-from-the-dead conquistadors reanimated by snakes, bees, and tree branches. But the artificiality of the sets – foamcore-fake by design, one imagines, in homage to the film’s theme park origins – takes the edge off of Jungle Cruise’s grimmer moments. And besides, could anything go truly wrong with the Rock at the wheel?

There’s another way Jungle Cruise feels like a throwback, and that’s in how its leads recall the megawatt stars of the old studio system, scruffing middling material up by the neck with a wink and a smile. Dwayne Johnson may not be the world’s most nuanced actor, but he’s a marvelous showman. His and co-star Emily Blunt’s combined “it” factor transcends the sillier stretches of this somewhat forgettable but still chuckling good-times ride.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45

Mon., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 3:50, 6:50

Tue., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 3:50, 6:50

Wed., Sept. 29

CC/DVS 3:50, 6:50

Thu., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 3:50

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., Sept. 26

digital 12:25, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Mon., Sept. 27

digital 1:05, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Tue., Sept. 28

digital 12:05, 3:20, 6:55, 10:40

Wed., Sept. 29

digital 1:05, 4:20, 7:35, 10:40

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 26

digital 12:20, 3:20, 6:20

Mon., Sept. 27

digital 3:20, 6:20

Tue., Sept. 28

digital 3:20, 6:20

Wed., Sept. 29

digital 3:20, 6:20

Thu., Sept. 30

digital 3:20, 6:20, 9:30

Sun., Sept. 26

digital 12:20, 3:40, 7:05

Mon., Sept. 27

digital 4:05, 7:25

Tue., Sept. 28

digital 4:05, 7:15

Wed., Sept. 29

digital 4:05, 7:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 26

digital 12:05, 4:00, 7:15

Mon., Sept. 27

digital 4:00, 7:15

Tue., Sept. 28

digital 4:00, 7:15

Wed., Sept. 29

digital 4:00, 7:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 26

digital 11:45am, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Mon., Sept. 27

digital 1:40, 5:00, 8:15

Tue., Sept. 28

digital 1:40, 5:00, 8:15

Wed., Sept. 29

digital 1:40, 5:00, 8:15

Sun., Sept. 26

1:10, 4:00, 7:00

Tue., Sept. 28

2:10, 5:15, 8:15

Wed., Sept. 29

2:10, 5:15, 8:15

Thu., Sept. 30

2:10, 5:15, 8:15

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/drippingsprings

Sun., Sept. 26

3:30, 6:30

Mon., Sept. 27

12:15, 3:15, 6:15

Tue., Sept. 28

12:15, 3:15, 6:15

Wed., Sept. 29

12:15, 3:15, 6:15

Thu., Sept. 30

12:15, 3:15, 6:30

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., Sept. 26

12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:15

Mon., Sept. 27

12:00, 3:00, 6:15

Tue., Sept. 28

12:00, 3:00, 6:15

Wed., Sept. 29

12:00, 3:00, 6:15

Thu., Sept. 30

12:00, 3:00, 6:15, 9:15

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Sun., Sept. 26

11:50am, 3:15, 6:30

Mon., Sept. 27

11:50am, 3:15, 6:30

Tue., Sept. 28

11:50am, 3:15, 6:30

Wed., Sept. 29

11:50am, 3:15, 6:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., Sept. 26

12:45, 5:30

Mon., Sept. 27

12:30, 5:30

Tue., Sept. 28

12:30, 5:30

Wed., Sept. 29

12:30, 5:30

Thu., Sept. 30

12:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05

Mon., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05

Tue., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05

Wed., Sept. 29

CC/DVS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05

Thu., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:00

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., Sept. 26

1:10, 4:15, 7:10

Mon., Sept. 27

4:15, 7:10

Tue., Sept. 28

4:15, 7:10

Wed., Sept. 29

4:15, 7:10

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:45, 6:50, 9:55

Mon., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 4:25, 7:35

Tue., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 4:25, 7:35

Wed., Sept. 29

CC/DVS 4:25, 7:35

Thu., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 7:35

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sun., Sept. 26

11:30am, 2:00, 6:00

Mon., Sept. 27

2:00, 5:30

Tue., Sept. 28

2:00, 5:30

Wed., Sept. 29

2:00, 5:30

Thu., Sept. 30

2:00, 5:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sun., Sept. 26

11:30am, 3:00, 7:00, 9:00

Mon., Sept. 27

12:00, 3:00, 7:00, 9:00

Tue., Sept. 28

12:00, 3:00, 7:00, 9:00

Wed., Sept. 29

12:00, 3:00, 7:00, 9:00

Thu., Sept. 30

12:45, 4:15, 6:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Sun., Sept. 26

CC 2:00, 5:00

Mon., Sept. 27

CC 2:00, 5:00

Tue., Sept. 28

CC 2:00, 5:00

Wed., Sept. 29

CC 2:00, 5:00

Thu., Sept. 30

CC 2:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 26

CC 12:00, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15
CC/DVS 12:00, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15

Mon., Sept. 27

CC 12:30, 3:40, 6:45
CC/DVS 12:30, 3:40, 6:45

Tue., Sept. 28

CC 12:30, 3:40, 6:45
CC/DVS 12:30, 3:40, 6:45

Wed., Sept. 29

CC 12:30, 3:40, 6:45
CC/DVS 12:30, 3:40, 6:45

Thu., Sept. 30

CC 12:35
CC/DVS 12:35

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Jungle Cruise, Jaume Collet-Serra, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Veronica Falcón

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