Title – The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Director – David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
Cast – Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Chaplin
Plot – Living a more quite life in London, Lord Greystoke aka Tarzan (Skarsgård) and his wife Jane (Robbie) are drawn back to the Congo by American diplomat George Williams (Jackson) in his plight to stop the nefarious moustache sporting Leon Rom (Waltz).
“He is no normal man. He was thought to be an evil spirit, a ghost in the trees. No man ever started with less”
Review by Eddie on 11/07/2016
While it makes very little (if any) sense logic wise, this updating of Edgar Rice Burroughs seriously silly famous loin cloth wearing jungle man Tarzan or as his preferred to be known as here John Clayton/Lord Greystoke, is quite a bit of big dumb fun if you go along for the rope swinging ride and is an event that rollicks along at a neat pace not often found with modern day blockbuster of this type.
Foregoing the usual origin story that has plagued remakes for many a moon, director David Yates uses his skills honed from his work on the final 4 Harry Potter films to deliver a $180 million dollar Legend of Tarzan that finds the big handed, muscle covered hero living a life in London with his beloved wife Jane (yes gentleman Margot Robbie is in this film) only to be drawn back into the worlds he chose to leave by a comic relief spurting Samuel L. Jackson (ramping up the street sass to 11) and yet another tiresome villain role from Christoph Waltz who is quickly becoming a self-parodying joke sadly.
The actual plot of The Legend of Tarzan is entirely forgettable and wholly unnecessary and those seeking a more rags to riches tale of Lord Greystoke may be sorely disappointed but Yates keeps the action flowing and the visuals rich in airbrushed CGI encased goodness and there is simple joys to be found from Tarzan going toe to toe with a much bigger and stronger gorilla or watching on as Samuel L. Jackson dives headfirst into an oversized tree that keep the film watchable and enjoyable even though we really should know better.
In regards to the films leads it must be said that Alexander Skarsgård doesn’t exactly romp home with his role as the man monkey, body wise his clearly cut out for the gig but charisma wise and delivery wise he leaves much to be desired. Skarsgård’s turn does increase a few notches whenever his on screen with Robbie’s Jane however and the Australian actresses turn is another win for the rising star whose likely to reach all new levels of love when Suicide Squad bursts onto our screens in a few weeks’ time.
It won’t be winning any awards and it most certainly won’t be on anyone’s end of year Best of Lists but The Legend of Tarzan is what it is, a fun, preposterous adventure based on downright ridiculous source materials that have been the bringer of many joys to various generations of those seeking a break from the run of the mill everyday grind. Something that we all need from time to time and something this newest Tarzan offers to all those willing to accept it for what it is.
3 ear lobes out 5