Dwayne Johnson Answers A 'F**ked Up' Question About His Abs


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When is Jungle Cruise Free on Disney plus?

About half the money haul came from Disney+, Disney's streaming service. See Jungle Cruise before it's available to all Disney+ subscribers on November 12. Watch as many times as you like with Premier Access for $29.99 and your Disney+ subscription. silive.comDisney’s Jungle Cruise is streaming now | How to watch it

Why is Jungle Cruise PG 13?

Frequent peril/tension, action violence, physical comedy, creepy imagery -- including conquistadores being turned to stone or coming back to "life" while made of bees, snakes, etc. commonsensemedia.orgJungle Cruise Movie Review

Jungle Cruise Leads the Box Office, Could Controversy Follow?

Gizmodo 03 August, 2021 - 10:30am

What that means financially, we don’t know. But Johnson’s seeming happiness with it has been ever-present. Back in May, Johnson himself announced the news of the shift from only theatrical to simultaneous release on Instagram with a four-minute video filled with nothing but excitement about the move. Since then, he and co-star Emily Blunt have promoted the hell out of it too, doing all sorts of stunts and videos to get the word out. The Black Widow team did that too—they’re contractually obligated to it— but in retrospect, the two tours have very different energy. That’s also probably because, as revealed in a story over on Polygon, Jungle Cruise wasn’t just a cash grab for Johnson—it was a long-time dream fulfilled. “Ironically, Jungle Cruise was DJ’s favorite ride,” producing partner Hiram Garcia said. “And luckily, Disney was in a place where they were interested in trying to get something [going] with Jungle Cruise. But DJ had this wish that we never even knew that he had this aspiration of like, ‘One day I want to, I want to be able to do that.’ So it all came together. It all came together in a great way just several years later from the first time we talked about it.”

This is nothing. The story raises the question of “WILL THE ROCK SUE DISNEY?” and the answer is “probably not, by all accounts, he seems happy and his people have stated he has no intention of suing”.

This is seriously the most egregious form of clickbait. WILL CONTROVERSY FOLLOW? No, the answer is no.

I realize the site appears to be circling the drain thanks to meddling/indifference from the terrible people in charge of everything, but seriously, do better.

‘Jungle Cruise’: A Missed Opportunity for Dwayne Johnson

The Atlantic 03 August, 2021 - 10:30am

Once upon a time, a broad-shouldered actor who started out in the brawny sporting world made a successful leap to Hollywood—first playing villains and quirky supporting roles, then becoming a star who could headline hyper-violent R-rated thrillers as easily as family comedies. Eventually, he parlayed this superstardom into political office. I’m talking, of course, about Arnold Schwarzenegger: weightlifting champ, king of action cinema in the ’80s and ’90s, and eventual governor of California. But this career arc seems to be a model for a newer Hollywood A-lister, the square-jawed and larger-than-life Dwayne Johnson, a onetime professional wrestler, current marquee name, and potential future presidential candidate.

Johnson’s latest movie, Jungle Cruise, which was released Friday in theaters (and on Disney+ for a premium charge), feels like the latest step in his plan for industry domination. After years of fairly anonymous action movies, he’s finally headlining a summer blockbuster. The film, which is based on an amusement-park ride, follows Frank Wolff (played by Johnson), a beefy steamboat captain who leads a plucky scientist (Emily Blunt) and her brother down the Amazon River in search of the mythic Tree of Life. CGI-assisted hijinks ensue, and the entire project is shot through with a family-friendly, swashbuckling spirit.

Though Jungle Cruise is perfectly watchable, I was surprised by how unremarkable Johnson is playing a regular old hero. Blunt, who is accustomed to stealing movies out from under her talented co-stars (see The Devil Wears Prada or Edge of Tomorrow), has more fun with a meatier role as a professionally overlooked scientist. Jesse Plemons delivers an eager Werner Herzog impression as the movie’s German villain; Paul Giamatti swings in for a colorful supporting turn as a cantankerous local harbormaster. Johnson is a reliable anchor for the movie’s action scenes but doesn’t get to have nearly enough fun in between.

Johnson’s uninspired performance is reminiscent of the early stages of his pro wrestling career in the WWE, where he was introduced as a clean-cut “face,” or hero, character. It’s telling that he didn’t reach megastardom until he leaned into his more swaggering “heel” personality, “The Rock.” On the big screen, Johnson has similarly thrived playing characters with an arrogant streak. His appearance as the bombastic, goateed federal agent Luke Hobbs in Fast Five helped supercharge the Fast & Furious series into the phenomenon that it is today, and his voice work as the boastful but vulnerable demigod Maui in Moana crackles with humor and verve.

But so many other entries in Johnson’s filmography give him as little onscreen personality as possible. Early in his career, he churned out solid B-movies such as Walking Tall, Doom, and Faster that showcased his physicality but skimped on character detail. Post–Fast Five, he graduated to more expensive, yet equally bland disasters such as San Andreas and Rampage, playing generic tough guys who can solve every problem. He’s better served by roles with a comedic angle, as in Central Intelligence or the Jumanji movies, but even in those, he mostly exists as a buff straight man for co-star Kevin Hart to bounce off.

Schwarzenegger was better at choosing roles that showcased his talents. Though his breakout roles, such as the Terminator, had a villainous edge, he flourished in the ’80s and ’90s playing essentially the same type of muscle-bound hero over and over again in classics such as Commando, Raw Deal, Predator, and Total Recall. But he also showed a softer side in more comical works, including Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and Junior. Above all, he was also working with genuinely innovative filmmakers—James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, and John McTiernan—while Johnson has relied on little-known directors for his big projects.

Jungle Cruise’s Jaume Collet-Serra is a promising director for Johnson to be working with. Collet-Serra is a purveyor of junk, sure, but also a surprising critical favorite with many great Liam Neeson collaborations (especially the terrific Non-Stop and The Commuter); his creature feature The Shallows is a modern cable classic. But though Jungle Cruise has moments of trashy fun (such as Plemons’s goofy performance), this particular film overall is smoothed out in service of broad Disney accessibility. Fortunately, Johnson and Collet-Serra will get another shot to make magic happen on 2022’s Black Adam, a superhero spin-off in the DC universe in which Johnson plays an antihero at odds with the cheerful good guy Shazam.

That movie sounds like a much better fit for Johnson, who needs to show either sensitivity or intensity on-screen to really stand out. Along with his role in Fast Five, my favorite performances from Johnson are probably his befuddled work as an amnesiac actor in Richard Kelly’s bizarre Southland Tales, and the roided-up tragicomedy of Pain & Gain, which was Michael Bay’s turbocharged version of a Coen-brothers movie. But those films underperformed at the box office, likely encouraging Johnson’s tendency toward blander, triumphant-hero material. That strategy has kept him atop the action-film heap, but mostly by default; it’s time for him to embrace the singular qualities that make him such an unconventional movie star.

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