Thursday, July 7, 2016

Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan - A Swing and A Hit

"John Clayton following his parents' death in Africa would be raised by an ape and would be known by the name Tarzan, would leave Africa and go to his parents's home in England along with woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He would be asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal like slavery. He needs to prove it. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. They go and when they arrive a man named Rom who works for Leopold attacks the village they are at and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle and Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it." - IMDB

The first story of Tarzan appeared in written form in 1912.  It is quite amazing this legend continues to swing into the lives of each new generation, always with something new to offer.  

On the left is the first 1912 story, on the right is Burroughs 1914 version

This years “The Legend of Tarzan” doesn’t disappoint.
Alexander Skarsgard is perfectly cast, and not only in the eye candy department.  This guy can act.  

Margot Robbie is fantastic as Jane as well.  Samuel L. Jackson’s character was a clever addition to the cast and kept things light with some well written one liners.

But it was Christoph Waltz as the evil Leon Rom who was a bit disappointing. He has been cast as the “bad guy” so often lately, that we had him figured out the minute he walked onto the screen.
The CGI animal work with spectacular – even more so if you are lucky enough to catch this in 3D iMax, which we did.

Fun for the whole family – there is violence, but without all the blood and core.

The Legend of Tarzan is Rated PG-13

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