Disney's Dueling Jungle Cruise Trailers Pit Emily Blunt Against Dwayne Johnson

The Disneyland-inspired action adventure comes to theaters and Disney+ on July 30

Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt pose in their best explorer's gear in a scene from the movie.
Team Frank? Or Team Lily?
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Two trailers, two stars, two completely different feels, one movie. That’s what you’re getting today for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which opens in theaters, and on Disney+ with Premier Access, July 30. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and, much as they were when the film was still scheduled for a 2020 release, the leads seem to be at odds.

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So first you have Johnson, who plays Skipper Frank, releasing a trailer, complete with his own intro. An intro in which he has forgotten the name of his hugely famous co-star (and featuring a major disparity in font size). Then Blunt, who plays Dr. Lily Houghton, countered with her own trailer and intro in which she, you guessed it, forgot Johnson’s name. It’s cute and clever, if a tad forced, but the real reward is what happens after those intros, when we get to see new trailers for Jungle Cruise from Skipper Frank’s perspective and another from Dr. Houghton’s perspective.

New Jungle Cruise Trailer: Dwayne Johnson as Skipper Frank

New Jungle Cruise Trailer: Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton

Of the two, I have to say, Blunt’s trailer seems a bit more interesting. She’s the character that actually puts the story in motion—and Blunt’s brief mention of Indiana Jones in the intro seems apt. Her character stealing stuff, falling out of windows, etc., all feels very Indy. Johnson’s trailer is fun too, especially the intro where we see how the film will pay direct homage to the Disney ride on which it’s based. My only thought there is, Jungle Cruise at Disneyland is funny because of how bad it is. That’s the joke. It’s cheesy. And while the fake hippos and classic “back side of water” joke are directly from the ride, the cringe nature of the humor doesn’t seem to land in the trailer. But hey, it’s just a trailer. Maybe it works better in the film.

Plus, that’s obviously just a small part of everything going on here. Paul Giamatti is in this movie. Jesse Plemons is too, though he doesn’t make an appearance here. From what we can tell, Jungle Cruise looks like a giant swashbuckling adventure with all the CGI monsters you can handle.


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DISCUSSION

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Reactions, in order

Do Dwayne Johnson’s thighs have their own fan club? They are spectacular and they deserve one.

There are hippos in the Amazon now? (Apparently there are but there are not supposed to be and not around this vaguely Victorian era. Is the ride anachronistic or does it not state what kind of jungle the cruise is visiting so they picked one for the movie? I really thought it was set in Africa.)

Hmmm questionable depictions of native people even before the magic part comes in. I can’t tell if this is going to be othering and weird or walk that Pirates of the Caribbean “everyone has legends and ours are original enough they don’t seem too racist, because the bad guys are always other pirates or the Navy” line.

Emily comparing her character to Indiana Jones doesn’t bode well for that actually. If she’s Elizabeth Swann who is Jack Sparrow? Not Dwayne.

Banter, fun. Cool settings, good. Victorian era setting, big ol’ meh. July 30, yeah I can sit in a theater and watch this.