I wasn’t sure how I felt about this film when I sat down to watch it. I knew nothing about it other than the actors starring in it. So let’s talk about them first.
I like Dwayne Johnson and I’ve watched a ton of his movies and if you don’t like him you’re probably not going to like the movie anyway but this role fits him well and even though he is the big draw it’s also a more nuanced part for him.
I’m slightly biased when it comes to Emily Blunt as I’ve had a major crush on her ever since The Devil Wears Prada. So objectively she is great in this, it’s a nice strong part for her and it’s a role with lots of variety.
Jessie Plemons hams it up as the baddie and does a good job.
So the movie itself is hard to describe. It feels a little like an old 1950s/60s adventure film crossed with Indiana Jones with a little Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in. It flows well with plenty of action and comedy. There is an extended section near the start which is just full of puns, it’s dad joke heaven!
Not so good is some of the CGI and character design is not great. I’m guessing it was to make things less scary for younger audiences but the Conquestedors didn’t quite work and pulled me out of the movie a little and the pet Leopard looked a little bit too cutesy but again I can understand why that was done. Overall they are tiny flaws which didn’t affect the movie too much.
So in conclusion, I really liked this movie. It was a nice couple of hours spent with some engaging characters and an interesting story. Go see it!