With its sheer star power, you would expect The Legend of Tarzan to be good. It is at some level. David Yates of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ fame puts a new spin on a beloved character.
The story is centered on John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) formerly known as Tarzan. John loves his new life in London, England. But a summon from the King of Belgium and rumours of slavery brings him back to the jungles of Congo. Alongside him are his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), and George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson Jr.) from the United States of America. On the other hand, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) has made a deal with Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) that involves access to Africa’s diamonds and Tarzan himself.
If you don’t like silly movies, then you’ll end up being disappointed by this Warner Bros film. Although the tone is serious, there are a lot of elements that don’t make sense logically. It’s a different treatment from the previous Tarzan films we’ve had. The final battle which involved lions rounding up huge numbers of buffalos to charge through the enemy camp and John utilizing his knowledge of animal mating calls to summon crocodiles against his nemesis looks amazing but, at the same time, absurd. These stuff are usually found in comic book movies and studios have tried copying that formula for other storylines.
With regards to acting, Skarsgard does an excellent job fighting as Tarzan but his line delivery reminds me of his role in True Blood too much. Of course, Robbie, Jackson, Hounsou, and Waltz were awesome but I felt that their talents were a bit wasted in this movie. We’ll see Margot Robbie again next month in DC’s Suicide Squad. The latest trailer got me hyped even if I’m more of a Marvel fan.
I really liked the apes in this film. They didn’t have them speak so that was a good idea. I got confused for a while when Akut, Tarzan’s gorilla brother, fought with him when he came back to the jungle. If you know why, please let me know. My understanding is because he deserted his family when he went off with Jane. Anyway, I laud the attempt at adding to the mythos of an icon such as the Ape Man. But I wish they went with something that made more sense to match the tone of the movie.