Review: The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

He is no normal man. He was thought to be an evil spirit, a ghost in the trees. No man ever started with less.”

Directed by: David Yates

Written by: Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Djimon Hounsou

It’s About: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

What Drew Me to This Movie:

To be honest, I never had any intention of watching The Legend of Tarzan in the first place. Model-like Tarzan wearing pants? I seriously found it hilarious. Why would Tarzan, the ape-boy, ever need such fancy pants to leap from one branch to another? But then, my curiosity grew as I saw names of actors involved in the project. You know that saying “curiosity killed the cat”? Yeah, I did not want that to happen to any poor cat, so I decided to give it a try.

And Then:

With such stellar ensemble cast, The Legend of Tarzan unfortunately fails to impress and surprise. The story is predictable and has too many characters. It feels like each character struggling to get the real moment to shine. Such a waste of great talent!

In the performance department, among those starry names, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz stand out. I truly enjoy her take on Jane Porter (or Mrs. Tarzan, if we are allowed to put it that way), who is a total badass and definitely not a typical damsel in distress. She is fearless, she spits, she punches (legend says that she does it to Skarsgård’s Tarzan while filming the “primal and animalistic” love scene – and I say “legend” simply because that particular scene is completely edited out in Indonesia).

As for Christoph Waltz, who takes on the bad-guy role as Captain Leon Rom, he is just doing what he does best in portraying the ruthless Belgian soldier. We are talking about the guy who is best known for his villainous roles in a number of big movies such as Inglourious Basterds, Big Eyes, and Spectre. Need I say more? I don’t think so.

All in All:

I do not know if it is your cup of tea. If you are into a combination of live action and CGI, then maybe it is yours. It is PG-13, so you may bring your children (or not, if you want). Personally, I think The Legend of Tarzan will not appeal to children as it looks gloomy and serious. But hey, the decision is all yours.

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And here is the official teaser trailer of The Legend of Ripped Alexander Skarsgård Tarzan!


Photo and video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.


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