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Disney’s Jungle Cruise – Review

Disney’s Jungle Cruise – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 7 minutes

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As Dr. Lily Houghton’s brother, MacGregor, presents her research to the association, Lily sees they will deny their request for access to the arrowhead.  So, she sneaks around the building in hopes of finding it.  With a bit of maneuvering and ingenuity, Lily finds the box containing the arrowhead and takes it.  But Prince Joachim sees her and, unbeknownst to Lily, puts her life in danger.  He offers to help her if she gives him the box containing the item.  When she gives him the box, he releases her to her death, but MacGregor saves her.  Luckily, Lily removed the arrowhead from the box with a sleight of hand.  Leaving the prince with a children’s toy.  Lily and MacGregor head to Belize to start their search for the Tears of the Moon.  A healing tree whose petals can heal any illness and lift any curse.  Upon arriving in Belize, Lily looks for Nilo, a famed harbormaster, to get to the Tree of Life but finds Nilo’s door locked.  She hears a commotion behind the door and assumes it’s Nilo, but Lily is wrong.  It’s Frank.  Earlier that day, Nilo took Frank’s engine because Frank defaulted on a loan.  Frank broke into Nilo’s office to steal the key and unlock the crate with his engine inside.  Frank pretends to be Nilo and refuses Lily’s offer until Lily says she has a lot of money.  Frank opens the door and lets Lily believe he is Nilo.  At first, Frank doesn’t want to go because it’s dangerous, but when he sees the arrowhead around Lily’s neck, he gets on board with the plan.  Frank, Lily, and MacGregor embark on a heroic journey to uncover a 400-year mystery and save the world from all illnesses.  But Prince Joachim is after them, and he will raise the dead to get to the Tears of the Moon and aid his army in the Great War.

You must come to this movie on time because a lot happens in the first five minutes.  The plot explains the arrowhead’s history, Lily’s determination, and Frank’s needs rather quickly.  This movie also provides a bit of history with conquistadors, Prince Joachim, and British War Effort packed into an enthralling adventure.  It’s hard to believe this came from a theme park ride, but this fantastical mystery wrapped into a history lesson did.  While the leads have great chemistry, you must remember the CGI is more cartoonish, like Pirates of the Caribbean (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This technique isn’t the best, but it helps young children see the movie isn’t real and reduces nightmares.  This film is enjoyable whether you choose to watch it at home or in the theaters, and there is no need to stay after the end credits, but you get some platinum dad jokes.  

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You just told them my name – Prince Joachim

You can take your association and shove it up your association – MacGregor

If you believe in legends, then you have to believe in curses – Frank

Maybe you should quit the guitar – Lily

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Stillwater – Review

Stillwater – Budget of $20 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Bill retrieves items from his mother-in-law, Sharon, for his daughter, Allison, and makes the long trip from Stillwater to Marseille.  He checks himself into a modest hotel and tries to get some sleep before visiting Allison.  That plan doesn’t go well because his neighbors play loud music all night and don’t speak English.  In the morning, he sees Allison in the visiting room of a prison.  Five years ago, a judge convicted Allison of killing her roommate and girlfriend, Lina.  With four more years left on her sentence, Allison has new information and gives a letter to Bill.  He promises not to read it and give it to Allison’s lawyer.  Bill presents the letter to the lawyer, but she tells Bill that the letter means nothing.  The courts won’t re-open the case based on hearsay, and she warns Bill not to give Allison false hope.  Bill goes back to the prison and lies to Allison.  He tells her that the lawyer will look into it but can’t promise anything will result from it.  Allison is ecstatic, so Bill gets to work.  He asks his hotel neighbor, who pretended not to be an Anglophile, Virginie, to translate the letter for him.  She reads the letter, and it states that someone told a professor that a man named Akim admitted to killing Lina.  Bill know he has to find Akim and give Akim’s DNA to match it to the unknown DNA found at the crime scene.  Bill’s hunt for Akim will cost him a daughter, a family, and his view on the world.

Everything you heard about this movie is true.  The actors give stellar performances, and they are a shoo-in for award season.  The plot, however, drags because it has a love story in the middle of a rescue mission.  But don’t worry, the love story has a greater meaning to the plot, so hang in there.  Unlike most movies in this genre, Bill doesn’t find high-ranking officials to help his case, and he doesn’t get help from an American lawyer.  Bill learns French, gets a job, and becomes friends with locals to help his daughter.  That minor twist makes the story palatable and gives the audience a connection.  He is a hard-working, blue-collared guy who wants to make amends to Allison by helping her.  In the past, Bill did time, did drugs, and abandoned her, but he refuses to be that guy again.  The story and its twist will stick with you.  

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Life is brutal – Allison

No Alley. It don’t at all. It all looks different to me  – Bill

Yesterday – Maya

Do you really own two guns – Virginie

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