Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan



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The Legend of Tarzan is a respectable re-adaption of the classic characters from the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Director David Yates (of the Harry Potter fame) seeks to tell the story of Tarzan’s (Aleksander Skårsgard) life after leaving the jungles of Africa. But after being invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, the revengeful and greedy plot of Belgian antagonist Captain Leon Rom (Christopher Waltz) unfolds placing both Tarzan and his wife Jane’s (Margot Robbie) lives in jeopardy.


The all-star cast with Margot Robbie, Christopher Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson creates a high anticipation and credibility for the portrayal of these characters.

Skårsgard and Robbie undoubtedly steal the show, with Christopher Waltz portrays Captain Leon Rom with his classic well mannered, formal but borderline sociopathic demeanor, while Jackson’s character seemed to be there just for comic relief only.

The heavy overuse of CGI is disappointing considering that David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter movies and is directing the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Instead of using CGI to captivate the audience, we got the usual run of the mill sequences relying heaving on computer-generated destruction and mayhem. It’s just a shame that the tedious plot and CGI-heavy action sequences drag the excellent performance of both Robbie and Skarsgard to just another mediocre release.

You would expect a film resurrecting a franchise like Tarzan to rely heavily on nostalgia but I was surprised to find that this adaptation was enjoyable with very little attachment to older film in the series. The film does commendable job in creating an emotional connection to these characters without relying on their established reputations

Overall I think this movie is watchable if generic summer blockbuster. I wouldn’t rush out to see it in the cinemas but it’s certainly worth a watch if shown on tv on a weekend night.


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