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Summary:  Follow a group of children who are evacuated Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  15th August 2022 (Australia), 4th August 2022 (Thailand), 29th July 2022 (UK), 29th July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jared Stern, Sam J. Levine

Screenwriter: Jared Stern, John Whittington

Cast: Amanda Ames (Guinea-Pigasus (voice)), Vanessa Bayer (PB (voice)), Winona Bradshaw (Whiskers (voice)), Yvette Nicole Brown (Patty (voice)), Jemaine Clement (Aquaman (voice)), Keith David (Dog-El (voice)), Davide Diggs (Cyborg (voice)), John Early (The Flash (voice)), Maya Erskine (Mercy Graves (voice)), Dan Fogler (Carl/Pilot/Racer (voice)), Kevin Hart (Ace (voice)), Lena Headey (Lara (voice)), Jameela Jamil (Wonder Woman (voice)), Dwayne Johnson (Krypto (voice)), John Krasinski (Clark Kent/Superman (voice)), Sam J. Levine (Boston Terrier aka Waffles/Robot Guards (voice)), Diego Luna (Chip (voice)), Natasha Lyonne (Merton (voice)), Marc Maron (Lex Luthor (voice)), Kate McKinnon (Lulu (voice)), Thomas Middleditch (Keith aka Ice Guinea Pig (voice)), Alfred Molina (Jor-El (voice)), Busy Philipps (Foofy Dog (voice)), Dasscha Polanco (Green Lantern (voice)), David Pressman (Corgi (voice)), Keanu Reeves (Batman (voice)), Ben Schwartz (Mark aka Fire Guinea Pig (voice)), Olivia Wilde (Lois Lane (voice)),

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

OUR DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ DC League Of Super-Pets Review:

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Kyle McGrath’s DC League Of Superpets Review:

DC League of Super-Pets is the animated family film we’ve all been waiting for, one which finally introduces Superman’s superdog! Everybody needs a best friend and Superman’s is Krypto (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), a canine who travelled all the way from Krypton with Supes and has thus all the same powers….except he’s a dog. When one of super villain Lex Luthor’s plans goes awry it results in several rescue animals inadvertently receiving incredible super powers. Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna) receives electro abilities, PB the pig (Vanessa Bayer) can change sizes, Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) becomes super fast and their leader Ace the dog (Kevin Hart) becomes super resilient. Unfortunately for the city of Metropolis Luthor’s former test guinea pig the evil Lulu (Kate Mckinnon) has herself gained the power of telekinesis and plans to use it to capture the Justice League and enslave humanity! With Krypto struggling to come to terms with trusting anybody other than his beloved owner he must learn to rely on these four-legged superhero friends to help him save the day.

I think we can say without a doubt that Marvel won the cinematic universe rivalry with flying colours while DC’s exploded on the launching pad. However something I’ve appreciated from DC is the variety they have taken with their films, for how adult films like 2019’s Joker was there have been child orientated films like Teen Titans Go to the Movies which while clearly made for a younger audience still featured many in jokes which adult fans of the comics can appreciate. The idea of superhero animals may seem completely out of the blue just to make a kids film but almost all of these furry characters are in fact deep dives from the comics or were directly inspired by specific stories.

The director/writer team of Jared Stern and John Wittington who previously worked as writers on The Lego Batman movie bring the same high energy rapid fire humour which made that film such a hilarious success. A decidedly sillier look at the DC universe it’s humour lands more than it misses and children undoubtedly will have a ball with the slapstick comedy on screen.

I actually found the storyline of Super-Pets to be interesting if a little dumbed down and cliched, it is a kids film after all. Much of the plot revolves around the animals love for their humans and their need to protect, please or find an owner in the absence of one. Krypto’s personal issues with Superman & Lois Lane’s growing relationship and his fear of being pushed aside, Ace’s unfortunate history which led to him being in a rescue shelter and even Lulu’s motivations largely stem from her adoration of Lex Luthor despite being his literal lab test guinea pig. Super-Pets does a better job at introducing and making us care about this heroic league than even the Justice League film accomplished.

None of this would mean anything if it wasn’t for the talented voice cast behind it all. On one hand animated films can rely a little too much on stuntcasting as many big names as possible but here I find even some of the more outlandish casting works such as Keanu Reeves as Batman, something we’d never see in live action. McKinnon, Lyonne, Bayer & Luna are all perfectly cast in their respective roles and make each character pop. Headlining are the duo of Johnson & Hart who prove that even in voice over form the two have incredible chemistry together and I have to say I am happy to see Kevin Hart not typecast here in some ‘little guy’ role.

While I find myself disliking the more light hearted aspects of many superhero films nowadays I ironically love superhero kids films. For example where quips and attempts at breaking the tension hurt the recent Thor: Love & Thunder, DC League of Super-Pets delivers a fun and exciting take on the world of comics without the pretence of it ever being serious in the first place. Kids unfamiliar with the source material, die-hard fans and animal lovers alike will all find plenty to appreciate here.

Average Subculture rating Out Of 5

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From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”  The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

              Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC.  Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

              “Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Two of Australia’s favourite stars have joined Tinseltown’s elite voicing the characters of ‘Mark’ and ‘Keith’ two hapless guinea pigs in the Australian version of the upcoming animated action-adventure film, joining Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski and Keanu Reeves.

In “DC League of Super-Pets”, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack – Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

No superhero story is possible without a nemesis or two, so the film’s roster of villains includes Lulu the telekinetic guinea pig, hell bent on exacting her own brand of justice. An all-powerful evil genius with an army of mutant guinea pigs, who better than Australia’s favorite vet Dr Chris Brown and comedy queen Julia Morris to give voice to the fluffy, fiery furballs of fire and ice.

A somewhat reluctant duo at times, Mark – voiced by Brown – is a flying, flaming fire-breather while Keith – voiced by Morris – is a frozen rodent with ice in their veins. Together, they help Lulu carry out her sinister plot to kidnap the Justice League and fight the Super-Pets, reaping mayhem across Metropolis.

From Dr Chris Brown:

It’s a bit of a dream to be involved in a DC film. And as someone who already gives voices to just about every animal they meet, playing the role of a guinea pig with superpowers feels a lot more normal than it probably should!

Julia Morris said:

Well, I’ve been described as super and been described as a pet but never in the same sentence. I could not be more thrilled to be part of this global extravaganza! How completely exciting to do it alongside my beloved Dr. Arm in arm or paw in paw.

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”  The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

              Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC.  Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

              “Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Attention all Techniciansss: Hip-Hop Powerhouse TECH N9NE returns to Australia and New Zealand this November after selling out shows on past tours you can be assured the demand for tickets will be higher than ever. TECH returns to our shores for the first time since 2018 armed with his latest album Asin9ne and a selection of his best-known tracks. The announcement comes with a stern warning for fans: TECH is hungrier than ever before.

TECH N9NE’s career is at an all-time high with the release of his latest album Asin9ne. Asin9ne features the track ‘Face Off’ which blew up with huge commercial success with an appearance by ‘Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson alongside King ISO and Joey Cool. ‘Face Off’ has clocked up over 111 million Spotify streams and 57 million YouTube views.

TECH N9NE’s live shows are not for the faint of heart. With the crowd hanging onto his every movement, TECH masterfully guides them through the evening of sonic chaos, feeding off the madness unleashing before his very eyes. His shows are a non-stop party from beginning to end. The atmosphere and energy at a TECH N9NE show is unlike anything else. No one puts on a show like TECH N9NE.

Special Guest is none other than Rising Rap Phenomenon, King Iso.

As the biggest selling Independent Hip-Hop artist of all time, TECH N9NE has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. Independent to the core, TECH N9NE is free to make music for himself and his fans and no one else. He appeases no masters other than the legions of Strange Music fans across the globe.

‘’Tech N9ne can control the crowd like only a true master can’’ – Music Feeds

The independent underground would not be what it is today without pioneers like Strange Music cofounder TECH N9NE. Tech’s unparalleled tour schedule and signature rapid-fire “chopper” style combined with the business acumen of Strange Music CEO Travis O’Guin have molded Strange Music into the number one independent hip-hop label in the world. In less than two decades, Tech himself has earned three gold records, sold over two million albums, and made multiple appearances on Forbes’s “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list. Tech’s multi-faceted skillset has not gone unrecognized by artists of all genres, exemplified by collaborations with such diverse artists as The Doors, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Eminem, and Boyz II Men, to name just a few. Everyone from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Elton John has been spotted bumping Tech N9ne records, a testament to constant reinvention and inarguable excellence that has become standard of Tech’s work. It’s by no coincidence that his latest label-wide collaborative project was named Dominion – Tech N9ne will not stop until he and Strange Music have completely dominated the world of hip-hop and beyon.

‘’one of the most unique and intriguing rappers in history’’ – The AU Review

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” TECH N9NE says. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. That’s why I still rap so hard. I’m always trying to get better and better. I’m not softening it.” If you missed out last time, now is your chance to fix your mistake. If you were lucky enough to catch one of the shows, this is another opportunity to witness one of the greatest live shows in Hip-Hop. Bar none.

TECH N9NE + Special Guest King Iso November 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Friday November 18th BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel

Saturday November 19th, SYDNEY, Metro Theatre

Sunday 20th November, ADELAIDE, The Gov

Wednesday 23rd November, MELBOURNE, The Croxton

Thursday 24th November, PERTH, Rosemount Hotel

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM: https://metropolistouring.com/tech-n9ne/

From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.”  The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”).

              Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Johnson stars alongside Aldis Hodge (“City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami”) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (“Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3”) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy”) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (“A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

Collet-Serra directed from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC.  Black Adam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  The film’s producers were Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon.

              “Black Adam” smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning 19 October 2022 and in North America on October 21, 2022.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Featuring the voices of: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.

In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

Summary: 
An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  5th November 2021 (Australia), 5th November 2021 (UK), 5th November 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 12th November 2021 (Australia), 12th November 2021 (Thailand), 12th November 2021 (UK), 12th November 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Vincenzo Amato (Director Gallo), Ritu Aya (Inspector Urvashi Das), Daniel Bernhardt (Drago Grande), Robert Clotworthy (Opening Narrator), Chris Diamantopoulos (Sotto Voce), Gal Gadot (The Bishop), Ethan Herschenfeld (Aranoub Magdy), Dwayne Johnson (John Hartley), Ivan Mbakop (Tambwe), Brenna Marie Narayan (Cleopatra), Rafael Petardi (Security Chief Ricci), Ryan Reynolds (Nolan Booth), Ed Sheeran (himself)

Running Time: 118 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR RED NOTICE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Red Notice Review:

It is perhaps a sign of the times when the biggest film to be released in Phuket this week is on a streaming platform despite the fact that cinemas are open. And when we say big – we mean big in every single way. Not only is Netflix’s Red Notice starring three of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment – the film itself is the most expensive Netflix film ever made with a budget of around US$160 million. The good news is that this time we also have a big budget film that works in every single way.

Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper) Red Notice begins with Special Agents John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson – Moana) and Urvashi Das (Ritu Arya – The Umbrella Academy) hot on the heels of notorious art and relic thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool) as he is about to steal one of Cleopatra’s rare golden eggs.

However when Hartley suddenly finds himself named as an accomplice of Booth’s he suddenly has to find himself teaming up with Booth and going up against his arch rival, The Bishop (Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman), in a bid to find the other golden eggs and clearing his name.

The plot of Red Notice seems simple but it’s not. Thurber’s screenplay is intricate with twists and turns galore that are forever catching their audience off guard. You could forgive a film starring three big names if it decided to become a walking cliché but that is something that Red Notice certainly never does. Instead it becomes a smart film that seems like a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Indiana Jones and somehow manages to work to the point that it is sure to become one of the most memorable films of 2021.

As a film it is sleek – really sleek. The screenplay delivers a believability to it while its action set pieces look so good they could have been taken straight from a Bond film – there are fast cars, ritzy locations and chases galore, and somehow it all comes together to create something quite magical. Some people maybe a little worried about seeing Rawson Marshall Thurber’s name as director given that his last action film – Skyscraper – was such an awful clichéd mess, but Thurber has obviously learnt from his mistakes because Red Notice is flawless.

In fact one of the things that makes this film so special is the fact that Thurber has mixed genres so well together his past. While everybody wants to forget Skyscraper we need to remember that Thurber is also the man responsible for the best comedies of the last decade – We’re The Millers. That brilliant comedic timing is certainly present here in Red Notice, the film contains some absolute zingers with dialogue – and this is one time when outside the Deadpool universe where Ryan Reynolds smart-ass routine actually works well and enhances his character. You get a strong feeling while watching the film part of Reynolds’ performance working so well most likely comes back to Thurber’s screenplay.

The other thing that makes Red Notice work so well are the performances of its stars. Gadot, Johnson and Reynolds have a special magic between them that makes them one of the best ensembles we have seen over recent years. Whether it be delivering comedic lines between each other and locked in battle with some spectacular fight sequences these three work together brilliantly well. Gadot cements herself as a screen siren who can deliver both action and drama with her role of The Bishop while Johnson once again mixes action and comedy together brilliantly well and shows why he deserves to be called the biggest star in Hollywood at the moment.

Red Notice is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2021. This is one slick action/crime flick that also contains just the right amount of humour without tripping itself it. Its three leads bring their A-Game and they are working with a screenplay that delivers a truly memorable heist film. This is an amazing film and once again Netflix have delivered a game-changer in the cinematic universe.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our Red Notice review for The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/red-notice-us-200mn-blockbuster-goes-straight-to-streaming-82008.php

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Disney+ announced that five new episodes for the original series “Behind the Attraction,” executive produced by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia from Seven Bucks Productions, and Brian Volk-Weiss from The Nacelle Company, will start streaming on Wednesday, August 25.  These additional episodes will centre on the following attractions: “The Castles,” “Disneyland Hotel,” “it’s a small world,” “Trains, Trams, and Monorails,” and “Hall of Presidents.”  

“The Castles” – Castles are at the heart of Disney Parks around the world. The original at Disneyland® Resort in California quickly became a symbol of The Walt Disney Company on par with Mickey Mouse. Hear the unique story behind each one and learn how Imagineers designed and built them.

“Disneyland Hotel” – Disneyland® Resort with no hotel — what?! It almost happened. Check in to see how Walt got it built. 

“it’s a small world” – It all began at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair! If a chance encounter between an Academy Award®-winning actress and Walt Disney hadn’t taken place, this beloved attraction might never have been created. 

“Trains, Trams, and Monorails” – All aboard! Everything moves at Disney Parks, especially the guests — by land, water, and air! Walt loved locomotion of all kinds — trains, trams, monorails, and boats. They’re all fun, but Walt also believed the monorail could help cities end traffic. 

“Hall of Presidents” – This unprecedented presidential attraction in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom brings our commanders in chief to life. Walt created the world’s first human Audio-Animatronics® figure based on his childhood hero, Abraham Lincoln.

Disney+ also released a first-look clip from “The Castles” episode where viewers learn more about the iconic symbol of the Disney Parks.

Narrated by Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”), the 10-part series gives viewers an exclusive peek “behind the curtain” of the most beloved attractions and destinations at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, from Jungle Cruise to “it’s a small world” to the Haunted Mansion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. “Behind the Attraction” delves into Disney Parks’ rich, amazing history using archival and never-before-seen footage and photographs to unveil how the attractions came to be and how they’ve been refined over the years as new ideas surface and technology evolves.  The following episodes are currently available on Disney+: “Jungle Cruise,” “Haunted Mansion,” “Star Tours,” “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,” and “Space Mountain.”

“Behind the Attraction” is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson (“Jungle Cruise”), Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Kevin Hill from Seven Bucks Productions, and Brian Volk-Weiss (“The Toys That Made Us”), Robin Henry and Cisco Henson from The Nacelle Company. Brian Volk-Weiss directs the series. 

Summary: 
Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 29th July 2021 (Australia), 30th July 2021 (UK), 30th July 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Out now in all regions

Country: USA

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Screenwriter: Glenn Ficarra, Michael Green, John Requa

Cast: Al Saif Alshad (himself), Rapheal Alejandro (Zaqueu), Emily Blunt (Lily Houghton), Dan Dargan Carter (Gonzalo), Veronica Falcon (Trader Sam), Faith Fay (Hotel Guest – Savannah), Paul Giamatti (Nilo),Quim Gutierrez (Melchor), Nicholas Ryan Hernandez (Young Aguirre), Ben Jenkin (Proxima), Dwayne Johnson (Frank Wolff), Simone Lockhart (Anna), Philipp Maximilian (Axel), Andy Nyman (Sir James Hobbs-Coddington), Jesse Plemons (Prince Joachim), Edgar Ramirez (Aguirre), Dani Roviro (Sancho), Tom Vodnik (Tanner), Jack Whitehall (MacGregor Houghton)

Running Time: 127 mins

Classification: M (Australia), .12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR JUNGLE CRUISE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Jungle Cruise Review:

A film based on a Disneyland ride. Don’t laugh, remember that was the premise behind one of Disney’s highest earning franchises, The Pirates Of The Caribbean, and now Disney is hoping that lightning can strike twice as they are set to release Jungle Cruise a film that once again is based on one of their favourite theme-parks rides.

Directed by Jaume Collett-Sera (Unknown) Jungle Cruise is a mix of epic adventure and super-natural scares as rugged adventurer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt – Edge Of Tomorrow) goes against the norms of World War II society and sets about solving the mystery behind the Tears Of Heaven legend.

In a bid to solve the mystery that her father failed to achieve Lily sets off to Brazil with her reluctant brother, MacGregor (Jack Whitehall – Mother’s Day), to head up the Amazon and solve the mystery using her father’s map. On arrival in Brazil they quickly find talented river captain and part-time scammer Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson – Moana) who is only too eager to take the job of carrying them up river if it means he can escape the clutches of shrewd businessman Nilo (Paul Giamatti – Gunpowder Milkshake) who is coming after the money that he is owed.

However, Lily and MacGregor are not the only ones eager to solve the mystery and hot on their heels is the evil Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons – The Irishman) who has recruited the undead, led by the warrior Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez – Point Break), to help in his mission to solve the mystery and use the magical tree’s petals to help Germany win the war.

Jungle Cruise is certainly a fun film to watch. It takes the best elements of films like Indiana Jones and Jumanji and mixes it with a definite Pirates Of The Caribbean super-natural vibe. Then to top it off the characters of Lily and Frank are reminiscent of the roles played by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the Oscar winning epic The African Queen from 1951.

While the super-natural scenes created by Collett-Sera and his team of screenwriters are entertaining and suspenseful they do rest heavily on things that we have all seen before in other Disney films. The key though to the film working all comes down the amazing acting performances of its leads.

Dwayne Johnson mixes comedy and action together brilliantly well here like he has done in films like Jumanji while he shares a definite on-screen chemistry with Emily Blunt who re-creates some of the strong performances of some of the Hollywood greats like Hepburn and Fay Wray in a role that she seems like she was born to play. Like Johnson she is only too happy to deliver the odd witty line while also not afraid to put her body online in some pretty amazing stunts.

These two are also well supported by Jack Whitehall who seems to enjoy stealing the odd laugh or two as he portrays the clumsy and terrified side-kick while Jesse Plemons puts his acting skills into over-drive as he gets to play the over-zealous villain. Once again Plemons shows why he is one of the most under-rated actors in Hollywood at the moment.

Watching Jungle Cruise does feel like an adventure for the whole family, although parents should be aware that some of the supernatural themes may scare small children. Still the screen-writing team does more than enough to provide some cheap laughs for younger members, plus a very cute animal side-kick for Dwayne Johnson, while older audience members are going to love the fact that the film is a definite throw-back to some of the best action-adventures that Hollywood had to offer during its Golden Age.

Spectacular special effects and a suspenseful story-line are further enhanced by Blunt and Johnson putting in some of the best performances of their career and together this recipe has created a film that is guaranteed to become yet another family favorite from Disney.Jungle Cruise is now available on Disney+ and will be released in Phuket cinemas at a later date.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can check out our Phuket News review of Jungle Cruise right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/jungle-cruise-a-disney-ride-gone-right-80874.php

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