The Legend of Tarzan

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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of:

Directed By: David Yates

Music By: Rupert Gregson-Williams

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård (as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke/Tarzan), Margot Robbie (as Jane Porter Clayton), Samuel L. Jackson (as George Washington Williams), Christoph Waltz (as Captain Léon Rom), Djimon Hounsou (as Chief Mbonga), and Jim Broadbent (as “British Prime Minister”)

Basic Plot: In an effort to uncover human enslavement in the Congo, John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, formerly known as “Tarzan”, agrees to return to the jungle.  Along with his wife Jane, and an American envoy, Clayton must face his past while trying to stop a Belgian who is forcing the natives to mine for diamonds.

Rating (Out of 4): 2

Pros: It’s got Samuel L. Jackson in it, which is a big “pro”.  Christoph Waltz does a good job with his sneering bad-guy role.  The face-off with the leopard men of Opar is a decent action set-piece.

Cons: The pacing, particularly during the beginning portion of the film is way too slow for a rousing jungle adventure.  As the new “Planet of the Apes” films have shown, it is possible to create computer-generated apes and gorillas that look extremely photo-realistic, so there’s really no excuse for the very fake looking apes that populate this movie.  And, as if that weren’t bad enough, the scenes where Tarzan is supposedly swinging on vines through the jungle look more animated than Disney’s Tarzan movie.