Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Legend of Tarzan

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.

The Legend of Tarzan is directed by David Yates, the man who brought us some of the best Harry Potter movies and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He, Tarzan. She, Jane. I'm pretty sure you heard that one before. A lot of effort have already been dedicated to the character Edgar Rice Burroughs created more than a century ago. From silent movies to the man of Disney's late 90s animated blockbuster. This movie feels far more faithful to the source material than ever, by offering up a new narrative. And it does respect the character. 

Alexander Skarsgard. How is he? Sadly, the script hardly allows him to speak, but he does look fantastic and the equally pretty Margot Robbie works hard to brings some Feminist nerve to her handcuffed-damsel-in-distress role. Plus, Samuel L.Jackson in particular, doesn't even try to temper his 21st-century behavior, half expecting him to suddenly remember he has an Iphone and GPS his way back to a Tarantino set. Though his character is based on a real-life historical figure. He looks like he has the most fun and embodies pretty much all the original traits of his character. 

Even if the film was shot almost entirely in London studios, there's a whole lot of post-production magic here. Especially when it comes to animals. The action is exciting and there's a really good opening scene. For the most part, the execution is fine, but at its core, I had a hard time getting invested in this story. Finally, the whole film feels almost endearingly old-fashioned in plot and execution, despite several nods to more modern ideas.

Overall, I think this film will entertain you, especially if you're a fan of Tarzan. Either you love the character or you just loved Disney animated film. It is way better than I thought it will be.

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