Cert: 12A Runtime: 110 mins Director: David Yates Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Dijimon Hounsou and Samuel L.Jackson
You are Lord of the Apes, King of the Jungle
The re-boot train keeps rolling now another legendary character has joined the party Tarzan. Warner Brothers have played it safe with David Yates at the helm, but it does have star pull and this is what made it a tempting watch. Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Sam Jackson and Christoph Waltz that was enough for me. I have never been that interested in Tarzan but it seemed interesting-ish! So what is The Legend of Tarzan about? Having been raised by gorillas in the African jungle, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) grew up and left to become London gentleman John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke. Happily married to his sweetheart Jane Porter (Margot Robbie), Tarzan finds himself lured back to the land of his childhood on a British trade mission. But upon uncovering a deadly plot by Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), this distinguished member of society must tap into his inner hero to defend the landscape and its wildlife.
The Legend of Tarzan, for me, was a movie that I did not understand why it has been made? First of all, the storytelling is very confusing. Tarzan’s backstory is spliced in with the present so it goes back and forth between past and present. Personally I felt that they should have made Tarzan’s childhood in one scene or a couple scenes in the beginning of the movie and then continue with the story. That may have made the story a little bit easier and better to watch. Also I felt as though Samuel L. Jackson’s character was there for no reason. He didn’t bring anything else to the story and he was just there. He didn’t really do anything substantial and whenever he was on screen I always felt he was wasting space. I did not hate him though. He wasn’t all bad and I felt he added some comic relief but I did not understand why he needed to be in the movie. On the other hand Tarzan and Jane were cast very well, Tarzan more than Jane. Margot Robbie was okay as Jane, I felt like she could have done better but Alexander Skarsgård was a very good fit for Tarzan. I think he looked the part and he played the part very well but the story just wasn’t told very well to showcase that.The CGI was better than I expected, still looked rather cheap. There were some scenes where it was very lackluster but besides that I felt as though the work they did with CGI was decent. This summer season is pretty appalling!